Month: November 2017

Patient’s recovery convinces doctor to fight euthanasia laws

When American doctor Kenneth Stevens heard about Victoria’s plan to introduce assisted dying for the terminally ill he couldn’t help but recall the story of his ­patient Jeanette Hall. Hall, then 55, came to Stevens in 2000 after being diagnosed with inoperable colon cancer in Portland, Oregon, a state that in 1997 introduced laws enabling …

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Pediatricians ‘increasingly’ being asked about assisted death for children

The Canadian Paediatric Society says its members are “increasingly” being asked by parents about the option of seeking medically assisted death for children, while a survey of doctors found nearly half of the respondents supported assisted death for kids with “progressive terminal illness or intractable pain.” Some 2,600 pediatricians were asked to participate in a …

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Debate over assisted suicide starts again in Massachusetts

The debate over legalizing doctor-assisted suicide has started again in Massachusetts. Massachusetts voters rejected right to die legislation already in 2012. However, just this past week, Northampton passed a resolution known as Death with Dignity. If the state changes the law, it would allow a terminally ill patient to die on their own terms. Read …

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Are Payers the Leading Cause of Death in the United States?

As everyone knows, we are in the midst of a horrific opioid addiction epidemic. Physicians are prescribing opiates for pain relief, and patients are becoming addicted to them. One-fifth of patients who receive an initial 10-day prescription for opioids will still be using opiates a year later. That is simply extraordinary. Physicians are prescribing opiate …

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