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This can due to a number of factors such as judgements as to the persons ability to benefit from treatment, the cost of treatment etc
It can often be difficult to negotiate the lack of treatment with patients who can feel disappointed and rejected by the response.
Treatment witholding in physical medicineEdit
Treatment witholding at the end of lifeEdit
Some physicians may withold treatment when people are dying this may be due to previous agreement with the person, perhaps established in an advance directive.