Physician-Assisted Suicide Under Managed Care
5 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 2005 Last revised: 23 Oct 2015
While physician-assisted suicide has been hotly debated for a decade, little attention has been paid to how assisted suicide is impacted by the rise of managed care. In the managed health care environment, the everyday incentives to cut costs can overwhelm considerations of the state's interest in the preservation and sanctity of human life, as well as those of a patient's autonomy and liberty to end her suffering. Policy makers must respond to the cost pressures faced by all physicians, especially given the methods in which HMOs and PPO's structure financial incentives and control information.
Keywords: physician-assisted suicide, assisted suicide, suicide, managed care, HMO, PPO
JEL Classification: I00, I10, I11, I12, I18, H51
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