We’re told we are a burden. No wonder disabled people fear assisted suicide

by Jamie Hale, The Guardian, 1 June 2018

Under austerity people who are disabled, ill or elderly are constantly taught that funding our health and social care is a burden – that we are inherently a burden. I am given so little of the social care I need that I am forced to rely on unpaid care from friends to survive – and more than 10% of the populationare providing unpaid care. Legalising assisted suicide may cover these cracks but only by ending our lives. In the US, insurance companies are refusing to cover the costs of treatments, while offering to pay for assisted suicide – which quickly becomes a useful cost-saving measure.

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