In recent years, the number of assisted deaths in Belgium has increased by 27%. How do you explain this?

Sun, 16 Aug, 2015

Assisted dying has been legal in Belgium since 2002, well over ten years. It is natural that the number of people accessing this option increases as people become more aware of that option and it becomes more culturally accepted both for people to request it and for doctors to participate. And in most cases assisted dying is having only a small impact in shifting the time of death earlier of somebody who was already close to death, typically from a terminal illness like cancer.

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