First Do No Harm: Intentionally Shortening Lives of Patients Without Their Explicit Request in Belgium
Journal of Medical Ethics, June 2015
20 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2015
Date Written: June 4, 2015
The aim of this article is to provide a critical review of one of the most worrying aspects of the euthanasia policy and practice in Belgium – the deliberate shortening of lives of some patients without their explicit voluntary request. Some suggestions designed to improve the situation and prevent abuse are offered.
Keywords: Belgium, end-of-life, euthanasia, abuse, competent patients, consent
JEL Classification: I10, I18, I19, Z00
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