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Beth 271 paper 2 - Bioethics 271 Professor Hyun The Caritas Catholica Flanders is a Christian healthcare system in Belgium that has sixty-two

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March 21, 2007 Bioethics 271 Professor Hyun The Caritas Catholica Flanders is a Christian healthcare system in Belgium that has sixty-two hospitals, ninety-four mental health institutions, and three hundred twenty- six geriatric-care centers (Gastmans). After the Belgian Euthanasia Act of 2002 passed, Caritas Flanders created the filter procedure to decrease the number of patients they would have to euthanize (Hyun). To the physicians, the palliative filter represents an important ethical benefit in caring for patients at the end of life (Gastmans). Under the palliative filter physicians must follow a detailed procedure before agreeing to euthanize a patient. The doctor will go through the patient’s medical history and offer hospice care as an alternative; however, if that is not enough, terminal sedation is considered (Gastmans). The palliative support team will come and talk to the patient about their care possibilities and consequences. The patient is given the opportunity to talk about their request of euthanasia with the nursing team along with friends and family as to take into account their feelings and opinions. This goes back to the belief that the patient should not only consider their own autonomous decision but their social responsibility to others (Gastmans). A patient has four options to choose from when considering ending their life. They can choose to stop eating and drinking, which would not be recommended by Caritas Flanders. Another option is terminal sedation, which they offer to patients who
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need more than hospice care can offer. Then there is physician-assisted suicide and active euthanasia, which they use as a last resort. When a patient chooses to stop eating and drinking, they are gradually allowing
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This note was uploaded on 05/22/2008 for the course BETH 271 taught by Professor Hyunn during the Spring '08 term at Case Western.

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Beth 271 paper 2 - Bioethics 271 Professor Hyun The Caritas Catholica Flanders is a Christian healthcare system in Belgium that has sixty-two

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