Last updated on: 8/24/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Hospice Patients Alliance (HPA) Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“Hospice Patients Alliance affirms that all human life is inherently valuable and that the role of hospice nurses, physicians and all other staff is to alleviate suffering and provide comfort for the sick and dying without sanctioning or assisting their suicide. A death with dignity allows for a natural death in its own time, while doing everything possible to assure relief from distressing symptoms.”

“News and Information Concerning the Euthanasia Debate,
Hospice and Efforts to Stop Involuntary Euthanasia,” www.hospicepatients.org (accessed Aug. 21, 2009)

Description:

“The Hospice Patients Alliance was formed in August of 1998 as a nonprofit charitable organization and is a 501(c)(3) corporation serving the general public throughout the United States. We were formed by experienced hospice staff and other health care professionals who saw that hospices were not always complying with the standards of care, and in fact, were in some cases, violating the rights of patients and families and exploiting them for financial gain, or not providing adequate care to control pain or other distressing symptoms during the end of life period.”

“About Hospice Patients Alliance,” www.hospicepatients.org, (accessed Aug. 21, 2009)

Mission:

“HPA promotes quality hospice services whether a patient is enrolled in a licensed hospice or not, whether residing at home or in a facility. HPA protects the rights of patients, their families and caregivers, the bereaved and staff by providing information about the standards of care governing the health care provided, the services required to be provided by law, standard industry practices and how to obtain the very best hospice care available.”

“About Hospice Patients Alliance,” www.hospicepatients.org, (accessed Aug. 21, 2009)

Other:
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