Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Assisted Suicide: A perverse disincentive in health care

This article was published by the Protect Children's Lives website.

By Michelle de Boer
Protect Children's Lives

Medically assisted suicide has become a controversial issue in Canada and other countries, as it raises moral and ethical questions about the right to die. While it may seem like a humane solution for those suffering from unbearable pain and terminal illness, there is a growing concern about the unintended consequences of this practice on the public health care system.

One of the most concerning issues is the creation of a perverse disincentive in health care, where death may be chosen as a cost-saving measure instead of providing necessary treatments and support. With the rising cost of health care and an aging population, some experts believe that medically assisted suicide could become an attractive option for healthcare providers struggling to balance the demands of cost-effectiveness and patient care.

For example, patients who are diagnosed with a terminal illness and require expensive treatments, such as cancer or a chronic condition, may be presented with assisted suicide as a way to end their suffering and save the healthcare system the cost of their care. This creates a situation where death becomes an option instead of life, and patients are forced to choose between their dignity and their right to receive proper care.

Moreover, the trend of medically assisted suicide also has a chilling effect on end-of-life care, as it shifts the focus from providing palliative care and support to patients and their families to the more cost-effective option of death. This not only undermines the core values of the health care system, but it also has severe implications for the quality of life of patients who are facing their final days.

In conclusion, while medically assisted suicide may seem like a solution to the growing concerns about end-of-life care and the rising cost of health care, it creates a disturbing disincentive in the public health care system, where death is chosen over life, and patients are denied the care and support they deserve. We must address this issue and find ways to ensure that all patients receive the best possible care and support, regardless of their health status or financial situation.

This is a call to action for all concerned citizens and healthcare providers to participate in the «Protect Children’s Lives Initiatives Against Child Euthanasia». Our responsibility is to ensure that children, the most vulnerable members of our society, are protected from the dangers of medically assisted suicide.

We must work together to raise awareness about the severe implications of this practice on children’s health and well-being and to promote alternative solutions that respect the dignity and rights of all patients, regardless of their age or health status. Through advocacy, education, or community outreach, we can make a difference in the lives of children facing life-threatening illnesses and conditions.

Join us in our efforts to protect children’s lives and ensure they receive the best care and support. Your voice, your support, and your commitment can make a difference. Together, we can make sure that the next generation grows up in a world where life is valued and where everyone has the right to receive proper care and support.

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