“prohibitions on euthanasia align with the economic interests of the health care industrial complex”

First, the cliche ‘industrial complex’ instantly flags knee-jerk thinking.

More important, I find it difficult to imagine any health care professional rubbing his hands gleefully together in anticipation of all the money he’ll make by providing end-of-life care for a terminal patient. Health care providers will tell you that this is one of the most emotionally difficult tasks they face; helping people get well is infinitely more rewarding than feeding them while they wait to die. This work grinds away at the morale of all health care workers; doctors have the highest suicide rates of any profession. Even if you are a heartless penny-counting executive, the impact of suicides on your bottom line will be a more serious concern than the dribbles you get from end-of-life care. Most of these people are on Medicare and not many people get rich from Medicare (except by scams).

Master of Science, Physics, 1975. Computer Game Designer. Interactive Storytelling. www.erasmatazz.com

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