Physician-Assisted Suicide Under Managed Care

5 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 2005 Last revised: 23 Oct 2015

See all articles by Steve Calandrillo

Steve Calandrillo

University of Washington - School of Law


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

Suggested Citation

Calandrillo, Steve, Physician-Assisted Suicide Under Managed Care. Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Vol. 26, No. 1, pp. 72-75 (1998), Available at SSRN:

Steve Calandrillo (Contact Author)

University of Washington - School of Law ( email )

William H. Gates Hall
Box 353020
Seattle, WA 98195-3020
United States
206-685-2403 (Phone)


Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Abstract Views
PlumX Metrics