The Price of Life

Death is an extremely sensitive, depressing, and emotionally challenging subject to tackle but as an outsider looking in, the economical arguments are essential to discussion in order to show the true benefits of euthanasia. Ultimately, patients who are terminally ill often feel that they become a financial burden on their loved ones as they stated that next to pain and suffering this is the second most important reason people wish to partake in euthanasia. I am no math expert but figuratively paying for lethal medication versus years and years of medicare is completely contrasting in the amount of money to spend.

According to BenefitOf.net, provides four essential economic benefits of euthanasia.

  1. Lessen hospital bills- as mentioned above, euthanasia can immensely cut costs with less time and care in the hospital.
  2. cost containment- low budget in the health care industry and thealthcre.jpghe present day economic situation will force many hospitals to make budget cuts, which will lead to less funding for hospital beds and nursing staff.
  3. Reduction in financial burden-In the current economic climate, the majority of families may not have sufficient financial means to get medical care, thus leading to drainage of their limited resources.
  4. Lastly, more focus on other patients- the medical care that is given to terminally ill patients can instead be redirected to patients with possible recovery.

This argument is even justified by a renowned economist, Robert Leeson. He is a published arobert-leeson-2010uthor in a number of the world’s leading journals and is ranked the world’s 17th top economist. He stated that more than a quarter of Medicare’s annual budget is spent on end-of-life care, ultimately draining societal resources for that which has little measurable benefit. “Moreover, in a society with limited resources, taxpayer money can be spent only once, and given the lack of tangible benefit that end-of-life care truly provides, resources ought instead to be allocated to more worthy cases, such as better infant mortality outcomes.” With these clear arguments, he proposes two educated proposal’s for the government.

  1. Leeson believes that “the government make a determination that a good portion of the medical care afforded to the ill or elderly is simply unworthy of funding. He is suggesting that the government should be in charge of deciding which lives have enough value to justify funding for care or comfort measures.”
  2. He also believes the government’s ultimate role is to help its citizens see that choosing death over life is the ration decision and that they need to provide incentives.

Ultimately, these findings all prove the importance in legalizing euthanasia not only for the terminally ill patient but also for economic and medicare purposes. Through a utilitarian perspective, with less money and resources spent on those impeding death through extensive painful treatments or prolonged hospital stays, we are ultimately taking away from those who are fighting and can achieve survival.

The economic benefits in coalition to allievating pain and doom those who are suffering exemplify the exact reason euthanasia and physicican assisted suicide must be legal. 

“The harsh reality that surrounds terminally ill individuals is that they are unable to contribute financially to society, and from an economic standpoint their presence is all cost and no benefit. In an unprecedented worldwide suffering economy, the continued existence of an individual suffering from a deteriorating quality of life puts incredible financial pressure on the public.”-Jayne Cooke