Medical Aid In Dying And Telemedicine: Improving Access And Protecting Patients
43 Pages Posted: 13 Oct 2018
Date Written: September 23, 2018
Medical aid in dying is a form of medical treatment recognized in several states and the District of Columbia and available to adult residents of those states who are competent and suffer from a terminal disease. It is critical to ensure timely access to this form of treatment to qualifying patients. The paper explores the possibility of improving access to medical aid in dying via telemedicine -- a method of delivery of health care remotely by means of electronic communication. The paper explores the feasibility of this option from clinical and legal perspectives and also explores several normative issues lying at the intersection of telemedicine and medical aid in dying.
Keywords: bioethics; telemedicine; medical aid in dying
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