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Citing fears of losing federal funds, California is the latest state to require discharge of terminally ill residents from state veterans’ homes if they plan to end their lives with lethal drugs.
Will efforts to expand the practice to Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Hawaii succeed this year?
Patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias can say in advance if and when they want caregivers to stop offering food and fluids by hand.
At least 500 terminally ill Californians have asked for the medicine that allows them to end their lives, and nearly 500 health organizations have signed on to help.
Some terminal patients, typically high-dose opioid users, who choose to end their lives have taken many hours, even days, to die.
In California, Colorado and four other states, many hospitals, health systems and doctors just say no.
Ending pain and suffering has helped several states pass “right-to-die” laws, but dying patients are more concerned about controlling how they die and dying with dignity.
Terminally ill patients must meet many requirements in order to end their own lives. Some could have difficulty finding a doctor willing to prescribe the drugs, and others could have trouble paying for them.
A Berkeley doctor begins an unusual practice as a law takes effect this week permitting doctors to prescribe lethal medications to terminally ill patients who request them.
In June, California will become the fifth state to allow terminally ill patients to end their lives with prescriptions from their doctors, but getting those prescriptions will require serious effort.