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Physician- Assisted Suicide
Recently, a patient with throat cancer was transferred to Queen Elizabeth II hospital in Halifax from Moncton Hospital. Queen Elizabeth II Hospital is a cancer specialty hospital. Six weeks after the transfer, the patient died and was returned home for burial. The family was shocked to find a doctor, who worked in the intensive care unit, was charged with first degree murder of a patient who was diagnosed with throat cancer.
In Oregon, physician- assisted suicide was passed into law. The law, the death with dignity act, was passed three years ago by a two- percent margin. It allows people over the age of 18 to obtain lethal doses of drugs if they have six months or less to live. "They unleashed a force in this in nation too powerful to control", says Carrie Gordon, bioethics analyst for focus on the family in Colorado Springs.
There has grown a new fear in American society today and that is the fear of the hospital. This fear has grown with in the past thirty to forty years. The role of hospitals has changed from a shelter of the sick and the poor to a place where high- tech machinery tends to frighten and scare many. This seems to be another factor that has fueled the fire for euthanasia. II. Is Aging a Problem?
Answering this question with a simple yes or no statement would not do it justice. In 1985, the percentage of the American population over 65 was 11%. It has been projected that in fewer than fifty years the figure could jump to 20%. Also, it was documented that number of people over 85 will triple and the number of people to reach 100 years of age will grow four folds . From 1981 to 1986, the suicide rate elderly Americans increased 25% .
As we all know, the elderly tend to have more financial stability than the younger generations. In recent years the amount of funding dedicated to Medicare and other healthcare supplements has been cut back. This will cause a seri...
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