Originally Posted by Oceanbreeze
You're mixing apples and oranges, Karissa.
Physician assisted suicide is NOT the same thing as the mentally ill person who wants to end their life. In fact, a person requesting PAS must be mentally competent to do so. If there is depression or some other mental illness present, the person's request will be denied.
Also, the person requesting PAS does NOT have to be in the hospital to do so. Alot of the time, the terminally is is followed by hospice. This care can be given in the home. A nurse is assigned to the patient and that nurse follows the patient until his or her death. I can't cite actual figures, but there have been people who have died at home.
I can give you an example: my brother was under hospice care at home at the time of his death. He was also on very high doses of morphine. We were told by hospice to increase his morphine dosage to whatever was necessary to eliminate his pain.