Does a doctor have to outline the various alternatives people have?

Sun, 30 Aug, 2015

Yes. The doctor must provide the person with the prognosis for the terminal illness or grievous and irremediable medical condition, and inform them of the irreversible nature and anticipated impacts of assisted dying. The doctor must tell the person of their other options for end-of-life care. The doctor must also encourage the person to talk about his or her choice with family, friends and counsellors, and the doctor must ensure that the person has had the opportunity to talk to his or her choice of people. Should the person wish to proceed with their choice, the doctor must provide the prescribed form to the person.

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