Dying patients in Korea may get to forgo treatment
TERMINALLY-ILL patients who have no other medical option but to hang on to life with essential treatment will likely be given the right to die starting next year.
The National Bioethics Committee on Wednesday decided to recommend that the government allow dying patients or their families to decide whether to withdraw treatment that is keeping them alive.
Terminal patients can voluntarily forgo life-sustaining treatments by stating how they want to be treated if they can no longer make health-care decisions for themselves.
The plan has stirred controversy as many Koreans believe withdrawing life support is akin to abandoning life.
THE KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK