Month: May 2020

Matt Vallière of the Patients Rights Action Fund, suicide by physician, and better choices

One person dies of suicide every eleven minutes in our country. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Americans between 10 and 34 years of age. The fight against suicide is in many ways, the rallying cry of the next generation. While the broad consensus to fight suicide across society has been extolled …

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Oklahoma bans healthcare reimbursements based on age, ability

  An elderly or disabled person will not be billed extra or be blocked from receiving health care because of high costs in Oklahoma, after passage of anti-discrimination legislation. On Friday, Gov. Kevin Stitt, a Republican, approved the “Nondiscrimination in Health Care Coverage” Act, which would prevent a state agency from using age, chronic illness, …

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Majority of Americans Don’t Know Healthcare Rationing Takes Place in Their Own Backyard

Arguments in support of assisted suicide often focus on patient choice.  Proponents argue that no one has to commit assisted suicide if they do not want to, and its legalization only expands patient choice.  Unfortunately, the sad reality is that assisted suicide impacts everyone’s health care choices because it creates perverse incentives for profit driven …

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Matt Vallière on Assisted Suicide & Impacts of COVID-19 on Patients’ Rights

  In today’s episode, we discuss assisted suicide and how the COVID-19 pandemic is shedding new light on the way patients are treated. We speak with Matt Vallière the Executive Director of the Patients’ Rights Action Fund whose mission is to protect patients’ civil rights and oppose efforts to make suicide a legal medical treatment …

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Pandemic’s painful truth; we don’t value elders

Legalizing assisted suicide in a society with unequal access to affordable health care, let alone end of life care, creates an unintended and unspoken pressure on terminally ill patients, the elderly, and individuals with disabilities to not to be a burden that constrains freedom of choice rather than expanding it.  This is especially dangerous in …

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Conceiving the unconceivable: ethical and clinical concerns over assisted suicide for people with mental disorders

Assisted suicide laws abandon vulnerable people and remove society’s care at a time when it’s needed most.  Legalizing assisted suicide perpetuates the idea that some lives are not worth living and where do you logically draw the line? But we need look no further than America to see how these laws abandon vulnerable patients because …

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Assisted suicide laws a danger to disabled

  The letter “Aid-in-dying empowers patients to make decision,” April 11, argues the availability of assisted suicide is empowering; however, assisted suicide devalues the lives of individuals with disabilities and diminishes patient choice by creating perverse incentives for insurance companies to offer a cheap death over costly treatment. The author claimed data from Oregon show …

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The pandemic has amplified ageism. ‘It’s open season for discrimination’ against older adults.

In the current ageist climate, legalizing assisted suicide is downright dangerous for the elderly. What is urgently needed is a concerted effort to terminate elder abuse and to work towards a more inclusive, more caring and less ageist society. “…As the debate rages over when or how to resume public life, older adults like Reed …

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Allocating Ventilators in Times of Crisis: A Brave New World

Opponents warn that assisted suicide laws are inherently discriminatory because they carve out a group in society whose lives are deemed “not worth living.” Consequently, instead of receiving society’s protection and suicide prevention services, these individuals are provided suicide assistance.  This is especially dangerous given our broken profit-driven healthcare system where individuals with disabilities, the …

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