Physician Assisted Euthanasia (Social Concerns, Political Concerns,…
Physician Assisted Euthanasia
Raises concerns as to whether or not doctors who misdiagnose should be penalized.
Government funding for medicine required for euthanasia
Government as well as medical officials could be held accountable if someone who is believed to not be in critical condition dies.
There are nationally based, organizations committed to advocate, lobby for and publicize physician-assisted suicide.
Government has to compensate emotionally and sometimes with money to the grieving families.
The Supreme Court has ruled in two unanimous decisions that there is no constitutional right to physician-assisted suicide.
The right to die implies a duty to kill
Euthanasia is a homicide
Betray human dignity and equality before the law
Committing suicide is not a fundamental liberty interest protected by the Due Process Clause.
It may become non-voluntary
Rejection of the importance and value of human life
Would not only be for people who are terminally ill
Legalizing leads to suicide contagion
Social divide for people who are for or against it
The economic impact on a patient's family is very dramatic if the patient lacks health insurance, so it could be costly for them.
Euthanasia can become a means of health care cost containment.
It is feared that physicians and other health care providers, such as hospitals and managed care organizations, faced with financial incentives to reduce health care spending, will pressure patients to request assisted suicide.
The people who are ill will feel like a burden to their family so they choose this way out to help their families with financial problems.
Physicians also may feel that they must represent the interests of society in encouraging patients to choose less costly alternatives.