If Hughes 3 the patient thinks attempts at curing outweigh benefits, they should still help them but also try to stop suffering and pain (Dick and Lindsey).
Radiation treatments for cancer cause patients suffering from that disease to experience a great deal of pain also.
Sometimes the pain from terminal illnesses or diseases is too unbearable for the patient to want to live, and they want to be released from the illness’ painful clutch.
However, requests are not recorded and a study has shown many physicians have received at least one (Winget). The patient must have an incurable condition causing severe, unrelenting suffering. The patient must understand his or her condition and prognosis, which must be verified by an independent second opinion. All reasonable palliative measures must have been presented to and considered by the patient. The patient must clearly and repeatedly request assistance in dying. A psychiatric consultation must be held to establish if the patient is suffering from a treatable depression. The prescribing physician, absent a close preexisting relationship (which would be ideal) must get to know the patient well enough to understand the reasons for her or his request. No physician should be expected to violate his or her own basic values. Another major argument against euthanasia and PAS is the abuse of these rights.
The slippery slope argument is also a strong belief for opponents to Hughes 4 euthanasia and PAS. A physician who is unwilling to assist the patient should facilitate transfer to another physician who would be prepared to do so. The use of lethal prescribed drugs by physicians has not been used much or gotten out of control (in Oregon, where PAS is legal) (Dick and Lindsay).
There are many arguments against euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide.
A loss of trust between the ill person at hand and the doctor treating them is a small one.
In Oregon, there have been about seventy people who took advantage of the law, and “almost all of these seventy patients had health insurance, most were on hospice care, and most were people with at least some college education,” (Asch).
Also, it is ultimately up to the patient who receives the prescription whether or not to take it so they are in full control and make the final decision, and only a small portion of those who received PAS raised concerns about the cost (Asch).
A sense of security in the patients’ doctors is argued, but some people have killed themselves in an early stage of illness because of fear that they would not have assistance later if wanted or needed (Rogatz).
However, physicians are supposed to cure patients and alleviate pain and suffering.