Aid-In-Dying Law’s Rules, Lack Of Participating Physicians Leave Patients Frustrated, Frantic
Experts suggest that patients start their search for participating doctors as soon as possible if they want to utilize the aid-in-dying law.
The Mercury News:
Right To Die Law: Patients Struggle To Find Doctors Who Will Help
It’s been nearly a year since California began allowing terminally ill residents to end their lives with the help of a physician. And for Ray Perman, the right-to-die law worked exactly as lawmakers intended. On Feb. 4, as his family gathered around his bed, the 64-year-old Piedmont resident ingested a lethal dose of sedatives and passed away peacefully — in his own home, on his own terms — after years of battling cancer. Other terminal patients have been known to add a flourish to their final moments of life: a last cigarette, a shot of vodka, a favorite pet curled up with them in bed. (Seipel, 6/3)