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Physician-assisted suicide “would decrease healthcare costs at the end of life”

by Jacob Burbrink, 21 Alive, 26 September 2016

Mr Burbrink reports that the Indiana Medical Association formally opposed ‘physician assisted suicide’ at its recent annual conference. This is consistent with the American Medical Association’s policy statement that “Physician-Assisted Suicide is fundamentally incompatible with the physicians role as healer, would be difficult or impossible to control, and would pose serious societal risks.”

In Indiana’s debate, proponents of the practice said it would decrease healthcare costs at the end of life. They also said it would help patients who commit suicide to die in a more peaceful manner.

Opponents of the practice said medical professionals should focus on providing care and comfort, not be a source of lethal drugs. They also suggested the practice might lead insurance companies to lean towards lethal drugs over treatment due to cost.

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