The same principle of freedom to make healthcare decisions applies to patients with diseases that affect their quality of life in a radical way, even though these diseases do not threaten them with an immediate death.
A prospective investigation of suicide ideation, attempts, and use of mental health service among adolescents in substance abuse treatment.
These patients should possess an option of induced death, which must be done when they are fully conscious and eligible to make informed decisions. Saunders C.
The legal procedures for mercy killing have to contain strict rules to be followed by medical practitioners and patients deciding to die with the help of medical assistance.
These fears have been discredited with the empirical evidence that we have provided from countries and states in which PAS is already supported. If anything, the option of PAS not only decreases the growth of the success some palliative care has been able to prevent, but it will prevent it's growth in the future as well.
Indeed it would be very "cost effective". Generally when killing is executed as an equivalent to criminal punishment, the act is considered legal. It would undermine the financing and provision of proper geriatric and palliative care: with stretched budgets euthanasia would be see as the cost-effective option.
The proposition is on the side of options and a death with dignity for citizens. They need palliative and rehabilitative care.