Human beings have the right to live, and the right to die. If there was no right to die, living would be considered a duty. One’s sickness may desire them to not continue with life if their condition causes extreme pain, discomfort, lack of independence, and make living unbearable. Doctor assisted suicide is a popular controversy because sometimes it is not done with ethicality and lethal dose of pain medication is administered or certain treatments are withheld. However when carried out with ethicality, a pill or injection is administered in the proper amount to cause death.
According to Paul Keating “Euthanasia is a Threshold Moment We Should Not Cross” from The Sydney Morning Herald, euthanasia is a negative form of treatment for patients with terminal illnesses and has negative effects on other aspects of society. Multiple studies are referenced and examples are given to support the authors claim that euthanasia is wrong and should be avoided. The use of euthanasia is related to assisted suicide or the intentional killing of a patient by physicians. The author also discusses the idea of safeguards that are said to be put in place to protect the patient from any consequences other than to put them out of their pain and misery. Keating debates that these ideas of ‘safeguards’ will not help due to the human error
The profession is full of tough choices to be made by the physician, patients and families. So in my opinion one should compare the up and down side of his/her choices and go for that with benefit to the patient and family. In doing so we need to take in to consideration of ours and publics’ moral ground, laws of the country and cultures of the people. I believe every life has a purpose in this world and should be left to pass on by its own natural course without any intervention. The state of patient’s health condition may be so bad he/she may want to be killed or commit a suicide but the job as a physician is to work the best they can in finding a solution for the pain or suffering.
It may be done voluntarily or involuntarily or in another aspect, it may be active or passive but the assisting is done by a physician. It is a very controversial subject but every human should have the right to die and also ask a professional for help. Therefore, euthanasia should be legal for terminally ill, mentally stable and
The Doctrine of Doing & Allowing essentially outlines a lens that aids in drawing a distinction between doing something to cause the outcome, or allowing something that leads to an identical outcome. In this particular case, the Doctrine of Doing & Allowing aided the supreme court in rejecting the claim made by this case as a parallel can be found between a patient requesting assisted suicide through lethal medical treatment and a patient refusing to be put on a medical treatment such as life-support or some other form of treatment that the profession utilizes to prolong the process of death. (Vacco v. Quill, p. 423). J.J. Thomson’s concerns with the Doctrine of Doing & Allowing are quite complicated as he attempts to dig a bit deeper into the revised version that had been altered to incorporate both killing, allowing or letting die, “active euthanasia and passive euthanasia” (Thomson, pg. 500).
Delbeke provides information that she thinks assisted suicide would become institutionalized and a certain routine would come about. She believes that it would be much easier to have a physician do it because they already have all the necessary means of performing the task. The physician could discuss the suicide with a psychologist, a social worker or a clergyman to make sure the patient truly wants the suicide. For now physician assisted suicide still depends on the patients state of health, but a new question arising is whether someone can have assisted suicide if they are just tired of life. If someone is tired of life because they have medical issues, but just not as severe as a terminal illness
It is very important that this occur because a patient is unable to make that determination and just sending them home to wait for an appointment could be life threatening. If there is a spot available on that day, then the patient should be informed of how long it might take to see the doctor and let the patient decide if it is something they are willing to do or to make a later appointment. Registration of a patient should be private, accurate and speedy. This will cover HIPAA, protect the patient and allow for a reduction in the wait time. Patients should be mailed preregistration packets to fill out and bring with them to the appointments to reduce the event for inaccuracies and
Assisted suicide is when a person who is terminally ill, (meaning a person with a disease that cannot be cured or treated and will most likely result in death), has the “incontestable right to humankind’s ultimate civil and personal liberty”. People have the right to die in a manner and at a time of their own choosing; medicine has brought many benefits to humanity, and it cannot entirely solve the pain and distress of the dying process when ill. People who live with great pain everyday of their lives are in likely need of doctor’s assistance for most of their lives, and this is where assisted suicide comes into play. Assisted suicide is when a doctor “prescribes voluntary termination of one's own life by administration of a lethal substance with the direct or indirect assistance of a physician”;
In that situation, family members who are present at the time of attempted resuscitation are at high risk for emotional and physical burdens.1On the other hand, being family present during resuscitation may help the family members understand that everything possible to bring the patient back to life has been implemented.1 In addition to quelling suspicion about behind-closed-doors resuscitation efforts and unrealistic expectations of such efforts, the family member's presence may offer the opportunity for a last goodbye and help that person grasp the reality of death, with the hope that the bereavement process will not be prolonged or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Although, the benefits and drawbacks of family presence during resuscitation have been argued since 1987,1 the potential benefits must be weighed against the possibility of stress induced in health care providers and an increase in the emotional burden on family members, as well as the risk of legal claims
As is known to all, spinocerebellar ataxia is hard to cure and patients who suffer from this kind of disease will go through enormous pressure. In other words, this disease will affect the patients’ mental and physical health deadly. However the existing medical technology does not work on it well. Therefore, in other words, if nobody really cares about them, this disease will make patients suffer forever, which does not only result in a heavy burden of family but also a burden of society and medical organization. Is it really able to be cured completely?
Over time, there has always been a debate whether assisted suicide should be allowed into society. Physician assisted suicide can be looked at as an advantage, but it can also be viewed as a negative thing. Assisted suicide is only performed by a physician when the patient is terminally ill, and only if the patient is willing to be assisted in suicide. This procedure is used with lethal doses of drugs prescribed by a physician. Since physician assisted suicide is very risky, there are a lot of precautions to be taken.