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1Running head: EUTHANASIAWhether Euthanasia Should be LegalizedSarah MelvinChamberlain College of NursingPHIL-347N: Critical ReasoningMarch 2020
2EUTHANASIAWhether Euthanasia Should be LegalizedEuthanasia has been a widely known debate throughout the years whether it should belegalized or not. With euthanasia, or physician-assisted suicide, a patient can have the option todecline going through with a treatment plan that a physician has formulated, or withadministering a lethal dose of medication. Patients that are diagnosed with terminal or chronicdisease/illness should have the option to do as they please with their life. Many countries haveimplemented this form of care for their patients, but majority of The United States has yet to seethis form of care through. Euthanasia as a form of care should be legalized. This will reducehealthcare costs for patients who choose this merciful treatment, allow patients to exercise theirautonomous right when it comes to deciding their end-of-life care, and formulate a more patient-centered care plan.Healthcare CostsTo start off with, treatments, therapies, medications and hospital stay for patients withterminally ill diseases can be extremely costly, “upwards of $57,000 per year” (Jha, 2018).Patients may be squandering money on care they already wish to not receive. Spending the addedexpenses on treatment can cause a patient to undergo stress ultimately making their prognosisworse. In addition to the astronomical costs, patients may be discouraged in adhering to themedication plan, one in which they already did not wish for (Freeman, Rose, & Youngner, 2018).Providing the option of euthanasia to a patient with a chronic disease and/or illness allows a one-time expense for the patient who chooses this care. Patients diagnosed with chronic diseasesimply they would take pleasure in dying at home, surrounded by their loved ones. Followingother countries that have legalized euthanasia, such as Canada, endowing medical assistance indying should not be a financial burden, but rather an ample amount of savings for the patient
3EUTHANASIA(Trachtenberg & Manns, 2017). Countries that have implemented euthanasia, have seen a vastincrease of quality care and effective costs for the patients. Extending euthanasia as an end-of-

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