Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Where my thoughts are coming from

The post I wrote about my political misgivings is just that: My political misgivings based on a bit of personal paranoia, worst case scenario thinking.

I can't seem to find the article I read which spawned yesterday's post, and I can't remember where I found it linked from (bad grammar), but in my snooping, I came upone an article that summarizes very well some of my concerns.

I will say that I have a great deal of respect for Hospice care, etc. But my misgivings are based on a conversation I had with a friend of mine who at one time was in a situation where a lethal dose of morphine was involved. Then my mind got to spinning and I started (see above about the worst-case-scenarios going through my head) thinking of the possibilities.

Nowhere did I actually read anything written that there's any sort of Right-to-Die push on a national level, or by any political party right now.

It's just my own paranoid speculation. My mind goes there.

Of course, what do I know? I also happen to believe in Sasquatch and that 9/11 was an inside job....;-)


H and S said...

As far as I know (I work in bioethics) the US has a strong right-to-die movement across the country, but it isn't connected to a political party. I think you're right to be concerned about euthanasia and assisted suicide movements, especially when they sneak in under the guise of "comfort care" and "advanced directives". And especially for those with disabilities or chronic diseases. And old people.

My US friends lament that there is nobody good to vote for this time around. said...

This is such a difficult issue for me. I read some statistic that medical care for the last 6 months of life often costs 90% of a person's total medical costs (I may be a little off, I can't find a reference right now.) So I understand why a state paid insurance company wouldn't pay, and would send the patient to hospice.

I would wonder however how the 6 months rule would be determined. Could a patient get a 2nd or 3rd opinion? Also, I can see not spending hundreds of thousands of dollars for a patient over 70, but for a child with a discouraging diagnosis--I'd hope they'd spend the money...

John Nicholas said...

You mean 9/11 wasn't an inside job??