On the other hand opponents of assisted suicide do not believe this is the only way to secure a good health alternative. Opponents believe that it is important to make a patient feel comfortable and help them improve their quality of life not end life just because it is an option or that they may feel they are a burden to loved ones. Assisted suicide can be performed by a physician or a person who is willing to help a patient end their life. This paper will focus on physician assisted suicide (PAS), this has been a controversial issue in many countries and have many different opinions on the ethics behind assisted suicide. To further examine the data the utilitarian ethics approach will be used.
First, and most important of these, the patient or persons requesting the physician assisted suicide must have a condition that is incurable and associated with severe, unrelenting suffering and understand the prognosis. Second, the physician must be sure the request is not made because of inadequate pain control. Third, the patient must clearly and repeatedly request to die. Fourth the physician must be sure the patient’s judgment is not distorted. Fifth, the physician assisted suicide should only be carried out in a meaningful doctor patient relationship.
The American Medical Association has generally argued against physician assisted suicide on the grounds that it undermines the integrity of the profession (Braddock & Tonelli 1998). Although patients can commit suicide without the aid of their physician it is still against the law and it can affect family members after they are gone. Opinions differ on the ethical consequences of trying to make physician assisted suicide the responsibility of doctors, but prior consideration of such ethically relevant consequences the question arises of whether the provision assisted suicide can logically be part of the doctor’s role (Fiona Randall & Robin Downie 2010). At the same time the state needs to monitor physician to see that they do not break the law and take it into their hands to participate in physician assisted suicide. A physician job description is to aim at the provision of treatments with health benefits in the patient’s best interest, and to avoid adverse outcomes (Fiona Randall & Robin Downie 2010).
Do you believe that some people may have a problem with temptation and the enjoyment in exercising power over others? I would agree with this statement because many people who care for those with some sort of illness may try to control them when it comes to another part of their life; so I am sure that they will use the power to choice between assisted suicide or not. Allowing assisted suicide could put a patient that knows the end is near and wants to leave this world in a peaceful manner. I know that I am for assisted suicide but I do not think that assisted suicide should be given to an elderly person or anyone who feels like they are a burden on someone. We have society to blame for that, because that is all the world portrays.
Assisted Suicide Is Not Murder Assisted suicide is a very touchy issue but should be allowed for all terminally ill patients. Any person who has been diagnosed terminal should be allowed to end their pain and suffering. The term assisted suicide has several different interpretations. The most widely used and accepted is the intentional hastening of death by a terminally ill patient with assistance from a doctor, relative, or another person. Some people think that the definition should include the words, in order to relieve extreme pain and suffering Most people just want to live and die with dignity.
So a physician’s decision to enter into this agreement with his patient is a difficult one at best. Therefore at this juncture the debate seems to indicate that physician-assisted suicide is driven by emotivism. This statement is made because although there is something to say about the position that it’s wrong, none of it is really based on concrete facts. Society surmises that there will be abuses of the practice. Because of the state of world today, one would say this is a given.
These patients might have cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and congestive heart failure. The moral and ethical parameters for Physician Assisted Suicide should be that the person is a mature adult, the physician and patient have made an informed decision, the patient does not involve others in liability, and the patient is in so much pain and agony that assisted suicide is
| However, if there is no communication between staff or patients or clients then they will feel threatened or unsafe. | This can be related to Argyle’s Theory of Communication because if the patient, staff member or client has an idea then they won’t be able to communicate that idea because they feel unsafe or threatened. | Affection/Belonging | Effective communication between a professional and a client or patient might result in the patient or client feeling like they belong. | However, if there is a lack of communication the client or patient may feel like an outsider. | This can be related to Argyle’s Theory of Communication because if the patient, staff member or client has an idea then they won’t be able to communicate that idea because they may feel like they are an outsider.
From the con side of the topic Physicians legally and morally should not assist in suicide of terminally ill patients. This simple fact could boil down to the simple fact that suicide is suicide and it is morally wrong. A lot of countries around the world feel as though this is not moral and this why it is illegal in a vast majority of countries around the world. You could argue that this goes against a doctor’s job. The medical person who is administering the drug is not doing their job as a doctor, which is to help people not kill
Although they believe that no one should end another person’s life by “giving deadly medicine if asked, nor suggest any such counsel,” (Hippocrates, Father of Mother Medicine) they also agree that exceptions will always exist. In such cases, they accept that passive euthanasia is sometimes right because it entails the withholding of a treatment that a patient needs in order to stay alive, surely with the consent of the patient. Thus, their focus on the issue is not to change the law, but rather improve standards of care. Doctors should give their best to prevent death, but they should not force treatment upon dying patients just for the sake of their Hippocratic