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Patient's autonomy, physician's convictions and euthanasia in Belgium

Cohen-Almagor, Raphael



The aim of this paper is to show the inherent contradiction in the Belgian euthanasia practice. While stressing patient’s autonomy, medical professionals exhibit paternalism in deciding the patient’s fate. First, background information is provided. Then the 2014 Belgian Society of Intensive Care Medicine Council Statement Paper will be considered. Concerns are voiced about euthanizing people who fail to find meaning in their lives, including those who underwent unsuccessful sex-change operation and blind people, euthanizing patients who did not give their consent, and euthanizing people with dementia. Finally, some suggestions designed to improve the situation are offered.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 29, 2016
Journal Annual review of law and ethics
Print ISSN 0944 4610
Publisher Duncker & Humblot
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Pages 343-356
Institution Citation Cohen-Almagor, R. (2016). Patient's autonomy, physician's convictions and euthanasia in Belgium. Jahrbuch für Recht und Ethik / Annual Review of Law and Ethics, 24, 343-356
Keywords Euthanasia, Belgium
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Additional Information This is a description of an article accepted for publication in: Annual review of laws and ethics, 2016, v.24.


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