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Doctor Assisted Suicide Covered by Oregon State Health Care

Posted by rightwinger on August 1, 2008

Government sponsored health care decides that this woman’s cancer treatment would not be covered, but her doctor assisted suicide would be covered. Is this what you want America??? The Government decides who lives and dies.

Last month, she found out that her lung cancer, which had been in remission for about two years, had come back. After her oncologist prescribed a cancer drug that could slow the cancer growth and extend her life, Wagner was notified that the Oregon Health Plan wouldn’t cover the treatment, but that it would cover palliative, or comfort, care, including, if she chose, doctor-assisted suicide.

She was particularly upset because the letter of denial said that doctor-assisted suicide would be covered.

“To say to someone, we’ll pay for you to die, but not pay for you to live, it’s cruel,” she said. “I get angry. Who do they think they are?”

The language in the letter referring to Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act comes out of the Health Service Commission’s statement of intent under examples of comfort and palliative care, said Dr. John Sattenspiel, senior medical director for LIPA.

“I understand the way it was interpreted,” he said. “I’m not sure how we can lift that. The reality is, at some level (doctor-assisted suicide) could be considered as a palliative or comfort care measure.

“We had no intent to upset her but we do need to point out the options available to her under the Oregon Health Plan.”

Read the article for yourself.

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