Terminally ill patients in the United States should have the right to physician-assisted death, also known as euthanasia. Physician-assisted death is the voluntary termination of one’s own life by administration of a lethal substance with the direct or indirect assistance of a physician. Many people argue about whether or not a dying patient has the right to die with the help of a doctor (Nordqvist, par. 15). Some people see euthanasia as a release from pain and suffering while others see it as murder. If a beloved pet has irreversible suffering, it is seen as an act of kindness to put it to sleep. If a human is suffering as such, why should they be denied the same kindness? While physical suffering near the end of a patient’s life can be evaded with the help of advanced medicines, anticipatory suffering cannot be. Anticipatory suffering is the depression and anxiety that accompanies fear of death and fear of what is believed to be the inevitable suffering that comes with the end of life (Childs, par. 2). When a patient is given the option to end their suffering, the anxiety and fear will cease to be in that patient’s mind. Physician-assisted death also gives the patient the opportunity to die with more dignity. If a patient’s body and mind are deteriorating, they will have the chance to put an end to that deterioration. With the option of a physician-assisted death, the patient will no longer have to fear anticipatory suffering, and they will be able to die with dignity and peace. When a patient is terminally ill, their family and friends are left to watch them die and pay for their hospital expenses. People who are close to the patient would hate to see their friend or family member suffering when there is a way to stop it. It is also very expensive to keep a dying patient in the hospital. “The cost of maintaining a dying person. . . has been estimated as ranging from about two thousand to twenty thousand dollars a month” (Dworkin 187). With physician-assisted death, families will not have to worry about paying for months and months of hospital bills or watch their loved one suffer. A patient should be able to have the option of a peaceful and easy death, instead of using up family medical funds and waiting to die in a hospital bed as their condition continues to worsen.Having terminally ill patients who are willing to die in the hospital keeps essential resources from patients that can be helped and cured. The time, money, space, and staff being used to take care of terminally ill patients that don’t want to live, could be used on people who have a lot more life to live and who are actually willing to live. Many people fear that the opportunity to have a physician-assisted death may be abused. For physician-assisted death to be legal, there should be regulations. The patient must be terminally ill and an adult. The patient must be in their right mind and able to make their own decisions. Also, the patient must be in severe pain. There should be approval from more than one doctor to make sure that these requirements are met before any action is taken. Only the patient who is suffering should be allowed to choose their outcome. With these rules in place, euthanasia will not be abused and will be used properly. The goals of doctors should remain to be to save lives and help people. But physician-assisted death should be seen as a form of help. With this right, the terminally ill would be able to avoid suffering, save families thousands of dollars, and to offer more resources for patients with viable life.
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