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Gavyn MarkhamMarkham 1Professor BoerstlerPHI 2635-0124 April 2018 A National Right to Die LawIntroduction Both Euthanasia (“The practice of intentionally ending a life in order to relieve pain and suffering”) and physician assisted suicide (“The voluntary termination of one's own life by administration of a lethal substance with the direct or indirect assistance of a physician”) encompass the principle that under certain circumstances like extreme pain or suffering with no hope of getting better, the patient holds the right to decide if they want to be laid to rest with a lethal injection from a doctor, pharmacist, or nurse (Medicine Net, 2016). This ethical issue is important to confront due to the potential suffering that can come from its rejection or the potential happiness it can bring to one's family if it is accepted. Some people may be in support of a national right to die law for their concerns regarding a suffering loved one and some may be against this law for religious or moral reasons. This issue is important for physicians because they must be able to identify cases that could be considered relief and also cases that could be considered killing. The question that many doctors will run into is what makes a patient capable of making such a life changing decision. There are a lot of factors that must be taken into accountlike mental status, how long they have been ill, and the purpose behind their decision. It is hard and sad to imagine being in so much pain that you believe the best and easiest way for both you and your family to cope with your situation is the end your life peacefully and pain free. With this in mind, I am certain that a national right to die law for terminally ill patients must be passedin order to protect patients from further suffering, financial costs, and obstruction of their right tomake decisions affecting their own life. At the end of the day it should be the patient's right to make a sensible decision on whether or not they live on.
Markham 2The PolicyEuthanasia is the act of putting someone to death, or allowing a person suffering from a painful disease or condition to die without the use of drastic medical treatment. Competent, terminally ill patients should be given the right to assisted suicide or euthanasia in order to end their suffering. A policy like this is already in place in Oregon, California, Colorado, Vermont, and Washington. According to Oregon's annual report, 80.5% of the patients who went through with the Death with Dignity Act were over the age of 65 and had cancer (Death with Dignity Act,2016). One reason I am in support of such law is that it greatly reduces medical costs for the patient and their family. When a patient is placed on machines and medications to keep them alive the costs can quickly add up. According to Ehrenfreund of the Washington Post, “Keeping apatient on life support in an intensive care unit bed costs, at a minimum, $2,000-$4,000 per day

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