Recent Trends in Euthanasia and Other End-of-Life Practices in Belgium

A study was published in the NEJM on March 19, 2015 on the experience with euthanasia in the Flanders region of Belgium examined 3751 deaths in the first six months of 2013 in the Flanders region of Belgium and concluded that 1.7% of all deaths were hastened without request (representing more than 1000 deaths yearly), euthanasia represents 4.6% of all deaths although the official Belgian reports indicate that euthanasia represents 2.4% of all deaths, meaning that almost half of all ...

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