1. Should health systems, community agencies, and social service providers receive patientconsent before sharing information and discussing people’s medical (and non-medical) issues?
Some states have passed laws addressing patients’ “right to die.” The State of Oregon was the first to take the issue up. Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act has become the model that some other stateshave followed when adopting similar measures.
- What legitimate interests do states have in restricting or prohibiting this kind of activity?
- If a state chooses to make it legal for patients to choose to die, should health care providers inthat state be compelled to follow patients’ wishes or should they be allowed to refuse helping
- patients who wish to die?