Should doctors suggest euthanasia to their patients? Reflections on dutch perspectives

Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 23 (4-5):287-303 (2002)
Abstract
During the summer of 1999 and in April 2002 Iwent to the Netherlands in order to meet someof the leading authorities on the euthanasiapolicy. They were asked multiple questions.This study reports the main findings to thequestion: should doctors suggest euthanasia totheir patients? Some interviewees did notobserve any significant ethical concernsinvolved in suggesting euthanasia. For variousreasons they thought physicians should offereuthanasia as an option. Two intervieweesasserted that doctors don''t propose euthanasiato their patients. Five interviewees objectedto physician''s initiative.
Keywords euthanasia  physician-assisted suicide  physician-patient relationship  voluntariness
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