Health insurance companies now pushing EUTHANASIA to avoid paying disease treatment coverage costs to doctors and hospitals

Thursday, June 15, 2017
By Paul Martin

by: Tracey Watson
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

While involuntary euthanasia – the act of ending someone’s life without their consent to spare them pain and suffering – is illegal in the United States, assisted suicide – or voluntary euthanasia – is legal in six U.S. states. In Washington, Oregon, California, Vermont, New Mexico and Montana, doctors may prescribe lethal doses of certain drugs to patients who have made the choice to die, rather than endure further suffering or add to the suffering of their families. Euthanasia is already a hotly debated subject, and it has become even more controversial since it became evident that health insurance companies are using it as a way to avoid properly caring for terminally ill patients.

Dr. Brian Callister, an internal medicine specialist from Nevada, and cancer survivor J.J. Hanson, a 36-year-old former Marine, have teamed up to highlight this issue and to discourage other states from legalizing euthanasia.

Dr. Callister claims that he has seen several of his patients denied medical treatment, and instead being offered suicide pills because they are less expensive. He believes that in some cases, the treatments that were denied could have been life-saving for his patients.

Hanson, who is president of the Patients’ Rights Action Fund (PRAF), was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumor called glioblastoma back in 2014, and was given less than a year to live. He says that in the immediate aftermath of his diagnosis he was depressed and considered euthanasia, and believes that if it had been legal in the state of New York, where he lived at the time, he would no longer be around to tell his tale. Having made the decision to live, however, he has beaten the odds, and after several surgeries, clinical trials and other treatments, has already lived for two years longer than doctors said he would.

Hanson’s experience is in stark contrast to that of Brittany Maynard, who chose to end her life at the age of 29, under Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act, after she, too, received a glioblastoma diagnosis.

Hanson and Callister believe that insurance companies with their eye on the bottom line may pressure patients into taking the assisted suicide route simply to save money, rather than being willing to pay for medical treatments that might provide a real chance for these patients to survive.

“This takes away the idea of hope and for patients to go forward,” said Hanson. “Once someone decides to do this, there is no follow up. If I had decided to do it, there would be no follow up. You are on your own, there’s no prevention of someone jumping right into it.”

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One Response to “Health insurance companies now pushing EUTHANASIA to avoid paying disease treatment coverage costs to doctors and hospitals”

  1. Rolf and Lena

    No, no, no, not insurance companies, doctors who don’t feel like wasting time on sick patients recommend chemotherapy, a sure fire death sentence. Without consulting us, my husband’s oncologist wrote an order for a chemo port to be installed in his chest. We went ahead and did it because we were too stunned to speak out. We had the port put in, then after researching and discussing with friends and family, we asked the doctor to remove it, my husband is 75 and he wants to enjoy the rest of his life. The doctor was pissed but he removed the port. Hubby is alive and well and works a forty hour week and celebrates his 76 birthday in two months.

    Chemotherapy is money and hospitals are losing money because nobody has insurance anymore thanks to our first Black Man President.


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