From Oregon to Belgium to Victoria – the different ways suffering patients are allowed to die

[...] Under the Victorian model, there is scope for a doctor to administer the drugs if the patient is physically incapable of doing so themselves. To access the scheme, the patient must meet strict criteria. They must have an illness likely to end their life within six months (12 months for neurodegenerative conditions such as motor neuron disease) and be experiencing suffering that can’t be managed in a way tolerable to the patient. They must be over the age of 18 and a resident of Victoria.

Victoria’s model is pretty conservative compared to other jurisdictions. Some broaden eligibility to minors, non-residents and people suffering non-terminal conditions and disabilities. Others include access to both voluntary euthanasia and physician-assisted dying.

Here is a roundup of the laws around the world that permit assisted dying or euthanasia and ways in which they differ.

http://theconversation.com/from-oregon-to-belgium-to-victoria-the-different-ways-suffering-patients-are-allowed-to-die-88324