Thursday, September 3, 2009

Ok, ok. Are Greedy Relatives Ruining Death with Dignity for the Rest of Us?

Yes, they will think you a burden and encourage you to cut the thread - just to get back their free time or to get their hands on their inheritence.

This in from Britain where they are having their own assisted suicide conversation, albeit no more dignified than our own.

So let me dispell this one right here:

Death with Dignity, as drawn and legalized in the US (Oregon and Washington) must meet a number of criteria, including:

1. the patient has less than 6 months to live
2. the patient is determined to be of sound mind
3. the patient must bring up death with dignity to the doctor, the doctor cannot mention it (nor can cousin Bertha)
4. if we all had health insurance, no one, young, old, disabled or otherwise, would be a financial "burden"

Now, was that so hard?

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