One reason many were very uncomfortable with the idea of legalizing doctor assisted suicide was the fear that some doctors, hospitals, and other organizations would take the “easy way out.” That is it would be easier to have someone die than to save them. Defenders said this would never happen. However news in Oregon suggests it already is.
Quoting from ABC.
The 64-year-old Oregon woman, whose lung cancer had been in remission, learned the disease had returned and would likely kill her. Her last hope was a $4,000-a-month drug that her doctor prescribed for her, but the insurance company refused to pay.
What the Oregon Health Plan did agree to cover, however, were drugs for a physician-assisted death. Those drugs would cost about $50.
It seems to me that the biggest danger in allowing doctor assisted suicide is and always will be the incentives insurers will put in. It simply is in their best interest to have very sick (and thereby expensive) patients die. Even if they aren’t consciously pushing death (as in the above) there are simply too many incentives for them to do the wrong thing.