In addition to the 'continue to resuscitate' or 'do not resuscitate' options mentioned in 'Live-or-die document proposed for chronic patients' (August 17), the terminally ill should also be given a third choice - 'physician-assisted dying'.Monday, 21 August, 2006, 12:00am
The Law Commission proposes giving people a live-or-die form to sign, when they are still healthy. Some people insist legislation is needed. Others say the idea is just euthanasia under another name. What do you think? Write to us18 Aug 2006 - 12:00am
The signed forms would help to reinforce a common-law principle
Terminally ill patients and those in a persistent vegetative state should be able to state in advance on a form whether they wish to live or die, the Law Reform Commission proposed yesterday.
They could be 'reasonably assured' that their decisions would be carried out, the commission said.17 Aug 2006 - 12:00am
Any of us could face the possibility at some time of standing at the bedside of a loved one who is in a comatose or vegetative state, without any hope of recovery and dependent on artificial life support. That such patients are no longer able to convey their wishes as to the health care they want, including any treatment to prolong life, can place a heavy burden on relatives.17 Aug 2006 - 12:00am
Patients' groups have slammed as 'morally wrong' a suggestion by the Law Reform Commission that people should be encouraged to draw up directives that they be allowed to die if they become terminally ill, comatose or fall into a vegetative state.17 Aug 2006 - 12:00am
Ethics fear over contracts limiting patient visits and referrals
The Medical Council of Hong Kong and doctors' unions have accused health insurance firms of imposing 'inhumane' contract conditions on doctors that are against medical ethics and patients' interests.1 Aug 2006 - 12:00am
Disabled need much more support, survey concludes
The government and community was criticised yesterday for a lack of support for paralysed patients after a survey found more than half of such patients would consider euthanasia.5 Sep 2005 - 12:00am
Amid a spate of murder-suicide pacts in the city, groundbreaking research will be released next week arguing that such incidents go beyond euthanasia and have to be approached differently.22 Jul 2005 - 12:00am
Referendum will bring years-long debate to an end
The Medical Council is to conduct a referendum on the controversial proposal of allowing doctors to advertise their services.
During the council's general meeting early this month, members agreed that a profession-wide survey of Hong Kong's 10,000 doctors should be conducted to conclude the years-long debate.14 Jun 2005 - 12:00am
Fresh guidelines for the safe dispensing of medicine by doctors are to be presented on Friday to a new task force of the Hong Kong Medical Council.7 Jun 2005 - 12:00am