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  

Raphael Cohen-Almagor

University of Hull

Date Written: June 4, 2015

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Cohen-Almagor, Raphael, First Do No Harm: Intentionally Shortening Lives of Patients Without Their Explicit Request in Belgium (June 4, 2015). Journal of Medical Ethics, June 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2614587

Raphael Cohen-Almagor (Contact Author)

University of Hull ( email )

Cottingham Road
Hull, Great Britain HU6 7RX
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.hull.ac.uk/rca

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