Hawaii Health-Care Provider and Health-Care Institutions Refusal Clause
This law was last updated on Nov 28, 2016
Hawaii Revised Statutes section 327E-7 allows health-care providers and health-care institutions to refuse to comply with an individual health-care instruction or decision based on conscience.
A health-care institution may decline to comply with an individual instruction or health-care decision if it is contrary to a policy of the institution which is expressly based on reasons of conscience and if the policy was timely communicated to the patient or to a person then authorized to make health-care decisions for the patient.
The law, enacted in 1999, requires the refusing entity to:
- promptly inform the patient and any person authorized to make their health-care decisions;
- provide continuing care to the patient until a transfer can be effected; and
- immediately make all reasonable efforts to assist in the transfer of the patient to another health-care provider or institution that is willing to comply with the instruction or decision.