Physician Assisted Suicide Essay

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As someone who is interested in pursuing a career in the medical field, it becomes apparent that medicine and ethics have a unique and pertinent relationship. Everyday doctors, nurses, and other health care workers have to make ethical decisions or help families make ethical decisions for their patients. For example, in the video that featured bioethicist Toby Schonfeld, she discussed some of the ethical dilemmas faced in hospitals today. The most notable ethical conflicts she noted were physician assisted suicide, and other dilemmas such as transferring a patient to palliative care, or whether someone should get a pacemaker or not. Perhaps, in my future I will face similar ethical problems and will have to figure out a way to draw a conclusion that is the best for both the patient and their family. One ethical issue I feel fairly strongly about is physician assisted suicide.…show more content…
The United States has a significant shortage of organ donors, and therefore every year numerous people die waiting on transplant lists. However, to get on the transplant list and to receive an organ is tricky. To be placed on the transplant list you have to be sick, but not too sick. A multitude of people die each year as a result of becoming too sick and then ineligible to receive an organ. Additionally, in order to respect the generous gift of donation organs typically go to patients who are believed to do well. Most people would agree that the sickest peoples should get the organs, but that is not always the case. It is my hope that in the future there will be a rise in organ donors and organs available to transplant. Therefore, there would no longer be waiting lists or having to decide which patients get to receive a transplant and which patients have to remain on the waiting list. Organ donation is an extremely important process because it has the ability to give those at death’s door another chance at
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