Watch the April 16, 2015 Ethics in Healthcare Video
IS DEATH EVER THE BEST TREATMENT?
Should patients have the right to decide to end their lives when faced with a terminal illness? Should doctors have a professional duty to assist them? These questions have been vigorously debated for centuries, and in California we are now being asked to support or reject a bill currently in the senate (SB 128) which seeks to legalize aid-in-dying. While all sensitive citizens should support compassionate and dignified care for patients through the end of their lives, should this care include the option to select the exact time and place of their death? Community Memorial Health System presents a subject which touches on many of our most personal and deeply held beliefs such as the meaning of life, death, suffering and the preservation of human dignity.
Jim Hornstein, M.D., Moderator
William Rajala, M.D.