Unfortunately, not much to discuss. If assisted suicide were legal, then we'd have something.
If you want to read more on the movement to allow for assisted suicide, check out Compassion & Choices: https://www.compassionandchoices.org/
One thing I didn't like in the article, was the section about Dr. Emanuel, saying he wouldn't seek treatment after 75. That sounds like a comment made by someone at least 30 years ago, because I know a lot of 75 year olds who are as vital & healthy, as someone 90 years old years ago! I totally understand the idea of refusing treatment, but it has to be based on an individual's situation, not any hard and fast rules based on age or cost. That's why people are so concerned about any medical/insurance program that decides whether they're "worth the cost" to treat!
I think sometimes Dr. Emanuel says things for their shock value. However, I believe what he was saying is that if the person has already made up their mind about NOT being treated or even change their lifestyle for whatever condition that might be found after any age, then why even look for it.
Yes, the decision is up to each person and even if the decision is made in this regards, a time also has to be determined - his was 75 for when you just don't care to find anything for which the treatment would change the rest of your life so drastically that it wouldn't be what you wanted.
It seems to me that it also has a lot to do with the autonomy changes too. Some treatments take a whole lot out of a person - enough to where they may never go back to what they once were, even considering age or even anyplace close to it.
I knew a man (mid 70's) that had to have a feeding tube put in because of the deteriorization of his esophagus from radiation. His doctor & family encouraged him to have it, as I am sure many would do, but he was already in a very weaken state from previous treatment. After he had had it for about a month, he told them this was not gonna work and said to put him under hospice care because he wanted to let go, mind, body and soul. He told them after he had the tube put in, he did not realize what life effects it would have on him.
So now hospice was put into a bad situation since he already had the feeding tube. They could not withhold liquids and nurishment since the tube was already there. He was miserable.
He was so small and frail that he became bedridden and with that came the onset of pneumonia - he was on hospice so no efforts were made to reverse the course of it - no oxygen, no antibiotics - they did still feed him, they gave him pain and anxiety meds either via the tube or an injection and they cared for his custodial needs to be clean and moved until he died.
Yes, the decision has to be up to each and every one.
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