Shifts in the Direction of Dutch Bioethics: Forward or Backward?

Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 14 (3):292-297 (2005)
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Abstract

Important bioethcs changes are underway in the Netherlands that carry, for better or worse, far-reaching social consequences. The two major areas of change involve economics and containing soaring health costs and end-of-life care as reflected in several high-profile cases: in a decision handed down by the Dutch Supreme Court on reviewing the procedures for the termination of life, in the discussion surrounding The Groningen Protocol and the active ending of lives in neonatology, and in a report of a Royal Dutch Medical Society's Committee on the role of physicians in ending life in cases of requests to die outside the area of terminal diseases

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