Switzerland – death tourism capital?

For death tourism, Switzerland is one of the main destinations worldwide. Dignitas offers it’s services not only to Swiss residents but also to foreigners. The demand for assisted suicide is growing, as Switzerland offers qualified doctors and the legal aspects to commit assisted suicide, where the concerned person takes the lethal drugs himself. Dignitas says that it simply aims to give everybody the chance to die with dignity. Death tourism is not accepted internationally, that is why the business in Switzerland is growing, especially British and German tourists consider this option. As for ethical aspects, Switzerland already tried to put regulations, but got turned down. The idea was that only swiss citizens and terminally ill patients would be allowed to take this option.

Medicine

Keywords: Suicide tourist, dignitas, EXIT, death tourism, ethics

Authors: Héléna Galera, Sira Fäh

References:

http://dignitas.ch/

http://www.life.org.nz/euthanasia/euthanasiakeyissues/death-tourism/

Presentation:

Death Tourism in Switzerland

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