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Killing to Save Money

Anytime that doctor-assisted death is legalized, what begins as a so-called “right” to die soon devolves into a duty to die.

09/19/22

John Stonestreet

Kasey Leander

Anytime that doctor-assisted death is legalized, what begins as a so-called “right” to die soon devolves into a duty to die. For example, defenders of Canada’s expansive policy of Medical Aid in Dying frequently claim that its supposed safeguards will prevent a simple cost-benefit analysis when it comes to deciding who should live and who should die.  

However, the truth has slipped out a few times now. Back in 2017, the publicly funded Canadian Broadcasting Corporation cited a report that Medical Aid in Dying could result in “substantial savings across Canada’s health-care system” to the tune of $136.8 million a year.  Those “savings” happen when high-cost patients are put to death.  

Aaron Trachtenberg, author of the report, said it frankly: “In a resource-limited health care system, anytime we roll out a large intervention ….  cost has to be a part of that discussion. It’s just the reality of working in a system of finite resources. 

And that’s why decisions about life and death should never be put into “systems of finite resources.” Putting a price tag on what is priceless cheapens it. And human lives are priceless.  

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