Where do you stand on the issue of physician-assisted death? In Canada this issue has been a leading news story over the last year or so. See for example: Alberta Doctors Prepare for 'Culture-Shift' Created by Physician Assisted Death. Physician-assisted death is where a competent person makes the conscious decision to end his or her life under the supervision of a physician. Generally it occurs in cases where the patient is terminally ill, or faced with a chronic debilitating and/or painful condition for which there is no foreseeable cure. Some of the issues that this brings up: Is it better to die with dignity under one's own control, or should a person live life to it's natural conclusion? What defines a natural conclusion? How should the decision be made? Who should be involved? If you need a board or committee to meet, and the approval of two physicians, will this draw the process out for too long? Are there any risks associated with physician-assisted death? Could a wealthy parent be pressured into requesting that her life be ended by a greedy son or daughter? Could a person feel pressure because he or she feels like a burden to a struggling family? While medical doctors may be in a position to administer lethal drugs and pain control medications, are they the appropriate professionals to be ruling on whether a desired death should proceed? What about costs to the healthcare system? In Canada, with socialized healthcare - this may have a different response than in the US? But will it ultimately cost more through legal fees, consulting, board meetings etc. for a person to end her or his life, than to live through compassionate hospice care?