Medical Director of Hospice at Sacred Heart Medical Center, Eugene, Oregon
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
"Hospice commits to the patient and the family that we will take care of them, to nonabandonment... But if euthanasia becomes a standard of practice, too many times there would be a real incentive to do it. There are some patients whose proper care requires time and effort, professional services that aren't necessarily paid for by insurance companies. I might say, 'There has to be an easier way.' I could too easily find myself seeing euthanasia as the simple answer; one that is less time consuming and the least expensive. If accepted, euthanasia could very easily take the place of proper patient care."
Experts MDs, JDs (Lawyers), PhDs and Religious Leaders with significant involvement in end-of-life issues. [Because end-of-life dilemmas require medical, ethical, legal, and in some case religious considerations, we view MDs, PhDs with a bio-ethical focus, and JDs/religious leaders with significant involvement as "experts" in the euthanasia debate.] [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Medical Director of Hospice, Sacred Heart Medical Center, Eugene, Oregon
Chairman, Bioethics Committee, Sacred Heart Medical Center, Eugene, Oregon
Board Certified in internal medicine and medical oncology