The costs for supporting a person near his or her end of life is expensive should treatment continue. There is a 500% increase in cost for the last year. If the costs of health care were not related to euthanasia, then less people would be afraid of the slippery slope.
There are many critically ill and suffering people who do not necessarily want to stay alive and spend down their money and the healthcare system's money. They want reprieve, and legalizing euthanasia and physician assisted suicide would give them this release from suffering as well as the peace of mind that they are not just being kept alive for no reason.
I believe legalizing euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide will save money for the American health care system, but the savings will probably be minimal. Most people, even when legalized, will probably not chose this option or even consider it. Some people who do opt for it, will only use it as a final end result, thereby probably only making a few days or weeks difference.
Legalizing euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide would save money for the American healthcare system. This is because of the fact that keeping people on life support, or further treating patients that are terminally ill and certain to die is far more expensive than a one-time treatment that is authorized by the patient.
Legalizing euthanasia and physician assisted suicide would save money for the American health care system. If people that will live the rest of their lives suffering or other wise in a low quality of life die before their time, they will save the health care system lots of money in end of life care.
I full support legalizing euthanasia both from a compassionate side but also a financial as well. Keeping patients on life support beyond his or her own desire is both cruel and financially costly. Maintaining an individual on life support both in man hours and resources could easily be spent elsewhere.
I do not think that legalizing euthanasia and physician assisted suicide would save money for the American healthcare system. I do not think it would be a significant enough amount of money if it were legal. I think that legalizing would be better for the people, but I don't think money saving would be a good motivation.
On the surface it may seem that euthanasia would actually save the health care system money but this is actually not the case.This type of policy would actually open up the system for all types of lawsuits which would occur when family members did not agree with the decision of euthanasia.