In select states where assisted suicide is legal, physicians and medical practices now are allowed to prescribe lethal drugs to their patients to end their lives, The Daily Signal reported.
Opponents of assisted suicide point out how it is cheaper than many medical treatments for the terminally ill and disabled.
Guy Page of the Vermont Alliance for Ethical Healthcare explained the problem this creates:
“It doesn’t take a health care economist to see the shortest distance in finding ways to reduce health care costs is physician-assisted suicide.”
Consequently, the cost of treatment plays a significant role in the promotion of physician-assisted suicide. In Oregon, where doctor-prescribed suicide is legal, there have been several cases of cancer patients being pushed toward assisted suicide because it was cheaper than the medical treatment they needed.
One such case involved Barbra Wagner. She was a lung cancer patient who was presented with the “choice” to end her life.
Wagner said: “I got a letter in the mail that basically said if you want to take the pills, we will help you get that from the doctor and we will stand there and watch you die. But we won’t give you the medication to live.”
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