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Thai law allows those suffering to take steps to end their lives

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Thai law allows those suffering to take steps to end their lives

 

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Thailand has not legalised euthanasia or assisted suicide like other countries but there is Section 12 in the National Health Act that allows a person to make a “living will in writing” to pass away naturally and peacefully, Medical Council secretary general Dr Itthaporn Kanachareon said yesterday.
 

It is highly unlikely that Thailand would introduce legalised euthanasia for many reasons, including concern over which diseases should be deemed necessary for euthanasia and the life insurance system, he commented. 

 

Thailand only has an allowance in Section 12 for a person to make a “living will in writing” to refuse resuscitation or medical treatments that would only prolong his/her terminal state of life. Such action would end that person’s severe suffering from illness and must be abided by all relevant parties, including relatives and the doctor, he said. Only a few people had used such a right, he added.

 

Itthaporn’s comment followed news circulating on social media about a Thai man in his 40s who reportedly had an incurable brain tumor that caused him great suffering over the past decade. He travelled to a clinic in Switzerland to seek voluntary euthanasia and duly passed away on March 1. 

 

The doctor said euthanasia was legal in some European countries and some states in the USA but could only be done according to the law and regulations in that country. “There is also a clear condition about who can get such service, not just anybody can do it,” he said.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30365251

 

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If you can't kill wild dogs in Thailand, it stands to reason you can't kill yourself.

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Never let a business opportunity pass by.....

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2 hours ago, leeneeds said:

The case above has such an expensive cost that is totally unnecessary, unfair to all involved, 

What's wrong with a balcony?

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1 hour ago, jerojero said:

Yes. Living Will to prolong untold suffering while waiting for natural causes to end one's life. Excellent prospect for terminally ill people. Take a page from progressive Canada... A person's intention is honoured if they wish to die instead of extended suffering and pain.

Yes.Living will to end prolonged medication and just keeping you alive to increase the bill to benefit the hospital.I believe you can also state the amount of pain medication you want to receive but i am not sure about this.Anyway two different ways to see this.

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10 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

What's wrong with a balcony?

If that is what you want to do ,do it now because you do not know if you are able to climb the rail later.

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Oh YES, life is precious in Thailand.  They'd make millions if there was a 'death visa' for a couple thousand baht with medical end care guaranteed.

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Looks like the charcoal burner in the car is a popular exit with Thais

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 i would 100% agree with ezzra  but don't need to get drunk just drive amongst the Thai drivers they will end your life .no problem

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5 hours ago, ezzra said:

Who needs euthanasia when all you have to do to die is get drunk/stoned and drive a car/motorcycle on Thailand roads and be of the 60 odd daily fatalities...

Huge numbers of the youth in Asia die in motorcycle accidents every day.

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