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Commitment to life and the right to die

Published:March 20, 2017DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejim.2017.03.009
      Repeated polling by Gallup has found since 1973 majorities in favor of legal doctor-assisted dying, with widespread preference for state regulation and disfavor for any patient/doctor's private agreement to quietly increment pain relief to life-shortening doses. The Economist and Ipsos MORI have recently confirmed this attitude across Western Europe and the US economist.com/assisted-dying. State legislations have proposed bills, some of which introduce a default presumption in patients lacking capacity in the absence of unambiguous evidence stating otherwise [
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      Position statement on laws and regulations concerning life-sustaining treatment, including artificial nutrition and hydration, for patients lacking decision-making capacity.
      ]. Medicare may begin asking doctors to discuss end-of-life care with patients under rules proposed by the US Administration www.bloomberg.com/.../end-of-life-planning.

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