Right to Die - Right to Die More of an issue today than...

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More of an issue today than ever Advancement in medical technology Fear of liability Ethics that view death as the enemy Prolong life as the ultimate goal of medicine
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International Perspective Most Western Countries oppose suicide Orthodox Judaism Catholicism
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Netherlands open acceptance of euthanasia 4/01 – 1 st Country to pass law legalizing physician-assisted suicide Effective 4/02 Unbearable suffering, other options, 2 nd opinion Voluntary, persistent & independent –sound mind MD prohibited from suggestion this option
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Netherlands cont. Submit a written letter for euthanasia for when the become to physically/mentally ill to decide for themselves Independent commission to review cases
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Switzerland Illegal, but so penalty Only county that allows non-physician to assist Organization supplies the drug & passes it to a volunteer
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US Patient Rights of Self Determination Advance Directives
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