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PORTLAND, Ore. — Some terminally ill patients in Oregon who turned to their state for health care were denied treatment and offered doctor-assisted suicide instead, a proposal some experts have called a "chilling" corruption of medical ethics.
Since the spread of his prostate cancer, 53-year-old Randy Stroup of Dexter, Ore., has been in a fight for his life. Uninsured and unable to pay for expensive chemotherapy, he applied to Oregon's state-run health plan for help.
Lane Individual Practice Association (LIPA), which administers the Oregon Health Plan in Lane County, responded to St
Originally posted by whaaa
What ever happened to the Hypocratic Oath? The Insurance companies have deemed it null and void.
Originally posted by pluckynoonez
I used to live in Portland and Monmouth and Bend. It is a great state. It is also the home of Lon Mabon...the living psycho.
We give our animals the respect, why not our loved human counterparts? I think this is a great decision.
Oregon doesn't cover life-prolonging treatment unless there is better than a 5 percent chance it will help the patients live for five more years — but it covers doctor-assisted suicide, defining it as a means of providing comfort, no different from hospice care or pain medication.