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2012 Annual Euthanasia Reports published

Recently the Dutch Euthanasia Review Committee’s published their annual report. Important 2012 figures are: with 4188 reported cases the number raised with 13% compared to 2011 (3695). Looking at the details, no explanations can be found for this rise, other than that euthanasia and assisted suicide are in Netherlands more and more discussed openly in public in general and between doctor and patient in particular. Other numbers are: Of the 4188 reported cases 32 were from the Life End Clinic (all reported as “careful” !). In 10 cases the committee gave a “not careful” decision – these were reported to the authorities.

 

GP

3777

Specialist

171

Elderly Care specialist

166

Other

74

 

 

n

%

Total reported 2012

4188

100,0

Cancer

3251

77, 8

Cardio vascular

158

3,7

Nervous system

257

6,1

Pulmonary disease (COPD)

152

3,6

Dementia

42

1,0

Psychiatry

14

0,3

other

144

3,4

Combination of diagnoses

172

4,1

 

   

In hospital

194

In nursing home

139

In elderly home

206

In hospice

250

Elsewhere

64

The report – in Dutch only (translated summaries will soon be published) – can be read here.

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