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  • BioEdge: First-world problems 1: Belgian euthanasia doctors underpaid
    possibly a lethal injection Sometimes they have to travel relatively long distances Furthermore they still are not being paid for a second opinion despite government assurances A lot of work and energy is required for a second consultation You will be called in to assess an unfamiliar situation This could easily take three hours perhaps four says Dr Distelmans In neighbouring Netherlands doctors are paid 330 Euros for a second euthanasia opinion That s fair says Dr Distelmans But in Belgium there is nothing Earlier this year the Belgian government proposed a scheme which would remunerate nominated doctors 160 Euros for second opinions based on an annual budget of 192 200 Euros However Dr Distelmans complains that this would only pay for the patients euthanased in 2011 In 2012 that figure rose by about 25 The funding is clearly inadequate he feels He also complains that there is no financial support for Leif the end information forum a private initiative which trains doctors to give a second opinion He is the chairman of Leif MORE ON THESE TOPICS Belgium euthanasia remuneration Wim Distelmans This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/first_world_problems_1_belgian_euthanasia_doctors_underpaid/10576 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    should Belgian euthanasia doctors be paid Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed Recent Posts Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia too easily says US study 14 Feb 2016 A Dutch report applies the brakes on completed life euthanasia 13 Feb 2016 Celebrating 15 years of Dutch euthanasia 13 Feb 2016 Canada s euthanasia courts 13 Feb 2016 IVF audit in Australia 13 Feb 2016 Archive

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/remuneration (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Belgian euthanasia: not such a big deal?
    of TV chat shows The popular hosts Pauw Witteman in neighbouring Holland recently invited a blind Dutch comedian Vincent Biljo and Wim Distelmans the doctor who euthanased the Belgian twins to discuss their deaths The conversation included a bit of jovial banter from Dr Distelmans who laughed that they would have died long ago if they had lived in Wallonia the French speaking part of Belgium He also disclosed that Marc and Eddy Verbessem were Catholics and received the last sacraments of their church before he administered the lethal dose Carine Brochier of the IEB is convinced that Belgium is on the path to trivialisation She says that a doctor attending a recent debate over the IEB s report told the audience You are right to say that many euthanasia case are not officially declared I myself have practiced euthanasia very many times and I never declared them It is too personal and a matter between the patient and his doctor No need to publicise it MORE ON THESE TOPICS Belgium euthanasia trivialization Wim Distelmans This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/belgian_euthanasia_no_big_deal/10401 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Belgian twins euthanased because they “had nothing to live for”
    suffering Professor Wim Distelmans a right to die activist who was the other doctor involved in the decision to euthanase the men based his own assessment on their psychological suffering It s the first time in the world that a double euthanasia has been performed on brothers There was certainly unbearable psychological suffering for them Though there is of course it always possible to stretch the interpretation of that One doctor will evaluate differently than the other The media learned of the deaths a few days ago but they had actually occurred on December 14 at Brussels University Hospital A few days later the government announced that it would amend the law to allow minors and people with dementia to be euthanased as well In an email interview Jacqueline Herremans president of Belgium s Association for the Right to Die with Dignity defended the decision and told BioEdge that this was not a case of the slippery slope When we opened the debate almost 15 years ago the first thought was for people suffering from incurable cancers And it is still the cancer which is at the origin of almost 80 of the cases of euthanasia But we must admit that suffering may exist in other circumstances MS ALS Parkinson s are obvious But what about psychiatric disorders without any possibility of cure What about ageing persons with several medical affections losing their autonomy and seeing no more sense to their life knowing that tomorrow is going to be worse than today What about Alzheimer s patients The decision to ask for euthanasia is not easy And the decision for the doctor to answer to this request is far from an banal and usual act A report published late last year by the Brussels based European Institute of Bioethics took

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/twins_euthanased_in_belgium_because_they_had_nothing_to_live_for/10363 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Is the slippery slope at work in Belgium?
    is not just a private initiative In November Wim Distelmans the chairman of the official Federal Committee on Euthanasia released an open letter to Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo asking him to re open a national debate on euthanasia At the time Di Rupo was pulling a government together this took 589 days but now he is officially prime minister He and eight colleagues like the HVV have asked the Belgian government to update its 2002 euthanasia law The proposed changes include these provisions At the moment advance directives are only valid for five years This limit should be removed Doctors who oppose euthanasia should be required to refer patients to a willing colleague Assisted suicide should be permitted It should be permitted to euthanase people with dementia who have written a living will There should be no age limit for euthanasia A recent opinion poll claimed that two thirds of Belgians approve of euthansia for minors Institut Européen de Bioéthique Dec 6 MORE ON THESE TOPICS Belgium euthanasia Wim Distelmans This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/is_the_slippery_slope_at_work_in_belgium/9872 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: BELGIAN EUTHANASIA RISING
    of Belgian euthanasia is done by Flemish doctors because they have the support of a good network the Life Ending Information Forum which is based in neighbouring Holland And a Belgian doctor has defied the existing law by publishing an article in the medical magazine Huisarts Family Doctor stating that he had killed an 87 year old demented patient Dr Marc Cosyns a general practitioner and lecturer in end of life care at the University of Ghent said that he wants to spark a debate about providing euthanasia for demented patients and children MORE ON THESE TOPICS Belgium Wim Distelmans This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department make a donation Commercial media must contact us for permission and fees Some articles on this site are published under different terms Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus comments powered by Disqus Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed MOST READ Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia too

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/belgian_euthanasia_rising/7096 (2016-02-18)
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  • India restricts access to surrogate mothers
    couples already expecting a surrogate birth after taking legal action But their lawyer Vikrant Sabne told AFP that the Bombay High Court s order did not apply nationally The new law sparked an outcry from fertility specialists along with rallies by surrogate mothers pressing the government to dump the decision in favour of strict regulation of the industry Why should foreigners be discriminated against We are all human beings Nayana Patel one of India s leading IVF specialists told AFP One surrogate made an impassioned plea to the Medical Council calling on them to respect the right to life and dignity of surrogate mothers Surrogacy is a good deed that pays well she told the Hindu The government runs many schemes and services which either benefit the rich or those below poverty line What about people like us who are constantly living under the danger of falling into the economically weaker section if we fall ill or lose our jobs MORE ON THESE TOPICS commercial surrogacy India surrogacy Thailand This article is published by Xavier Symons and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/india-restricts-access-to-surrogate-mothers/11643 (2016-02-18)
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  • Thai parliament votes to ban surrogacy trade
    a number of international scandals involving Thai surrogate mothers paid to carry the babies of foreigners In August a Thai mother who carried twin babies for an Australian couple accused them of abandoning a baby boy with Down s syndrome while taking his healthy sister Following this scandal a separate police investigation began into a Japanese man who authorities believe fathered at least 15 babies with different surrogate mothers Commercial surrogacy was technically restricted in Thailand in 1997 after the Medical Council of Thailand introduced strict regulations However these regulations have remained largely unenforced It is only now that the government has begun to take action on the issue MORE ON THESE TOPICS commercial surrogacy surrogacy law Thailand This article is published by Xavier Symons and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department make a donation Commercial media must contact us for permission and fees Some articles on this site are published under different terms Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus comments powered by Disqus Search BioEdge

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/thai_parliament_votes_to_ban_the_surrogacy_trade/11252 (2016-02-18)
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