Earlier this year, the Medical Journal of Australia published an insightful article on this issue. The lead author, Kerri Eagle, is a (shall we say) reformed legal practitioner, having returned to university to study medicine.
I found the paper intriguing. It raised countless scenarios for me, many that I've already experienced in my day-to-day career.
I was fortunate enough to be able to interview Kerri recently and discuss some of these issues. Listen to it here
1. Potentially incapable patients objecting to treatment : doctors' powers and duties. Med J Aust (2014); 200:352-54