Originally Posted by Oceanbreeze
Doctors don't encourage it. The patient has to request that medication be given. There are guidelines that are followed. In addition to making the request for medication, the patient must be terminally ill and have less than six mos to live. I'm sure other guidelines are in place that I'm not aware of.
Psychological evaluation to insure that the patient is competent and fully understands the request and the consequences, diagnosis by two separate physicians, and the submission of 3 separate requests. The must be able to take the meds themself. They cannot be adminsitered by doctor, nurse, friend, or family member.