“We, the health professionals, say loud and clear that medical assistance in death is a cure”

noIsn’t it time to lay down your arms? In the face of the patient’s demands, isn’t it time to set aside our beliefs, be they philosophical or religious, because they are just beliefs? Isn’t it time to stop cheating on each other?

Belgium passed a law authorizing medical assistance to the dying 20 years ago: the anthropological shift did not happen, and since then we have been thinking about all these people who suffer in France and have no choice.

No, we are bound not by another century’s oath, but by the oath we made to ourselves at the beginning of our commitment as caregivers: to listen, to understand, and to help.

No, we disagree with the Physician Association’s position on the evolution of hospice law.

Yes, there are some body pains that are refractory to all treatments, no matter how complex they may be.

Yes, psychological and moral suffering is unbearable and intractable by any therapeutic weapon; denial is immoral.

Yes, it is medically impossible to define the end of life with certainty except considering the beginning of suffering. But isn’t it too late?

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So, let us know how to listen, share, understand and acknowledge. It is this, and our roles as physicians and caregivers in this unique symposium that will guide our shared decisions.

So, in this particular case, let us know how we can reverse our medical relationship, deepening it by giving our consent to the patient. The word life will never be a medical or social definition but a human approach, necessarily subjective, to those with a serious and incurable disease who know their life is complete.

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In this sense, when we are confronted with a serious and incurable disease causing unbearable physical or psychological suffering, when our unique dialogue that unites us concludes that there is no better way, we speak loudly and clearly In other words, end-of-life medical assistance is caring for the patient to provide conscious and competent service, rather than actively responding to his request, in order to actively help him at the end of life, in order to maintain his own dignity.

Join us, 82% of French men and women [interrogés dans le cadre d’un sondage de l’IFOP en octobre 2022] Think of Medicaid as end-of-life care.

In this sense, we say loud and clear that the doctor’s active assistance in the dying will not change the patient’s confidence in him.In fact, 77% of the French [interrogés par l’IFOP] Affirm their confidence in a doctor who will administer medical assistance at the end of life.

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