Altruism and Physician Assisted Death
Mayo, David J.
Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. 1993 Jun; 18(3): 281-295.
We assume that a statute permitting physician assisted death has been passed. We note that the rationale for the passage of such a statute would be respect for individual autonomy, the avoidance of suffering and the possibility of death with dignity. We deal with two moral issues that will arise once such a law is passed. First, we argue that the rationale for passing an assistance in dying law in the first place provides a justification for assisting patients to die who are motivated by altruistic reasons as well as patients who are motivated by reasons of self-interest. Second, we argue that the reasons for passing a physician assisted death law in the first place justify extending the law to cover some non-terminal patients as well as terminal patients.
Aged; Altruism; Assisted Suicide; Autonomy; Chronically Ill; Coercion; Competence; Death; Economics; Euthanasia; Health; Health Care; Law; Legislation; Life; Motivation; Patients; Physicians; Policy Analysis; Public Policy; Quality of Health Care; Quality of Life; Resource Allocation; Social Impact; Suffering; Suicide; Terminally Ill; Value of Life; Voluntary Euthanasia; Wedge Argument; Withholding Treatment;
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Gunderson, Martin; Mayo, David J. (1993-06)
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