In Luxembourg, euthanasia and assisted suicide have been regulated by law since 2009. A physician has to fullfill strict conditions; eg there should be consent from two physicians and an expert group. When a patient cannot be cured, palliatieve care is seen as good medical practice.
In article 2 of this law the due care criteria for legal euthanasia and assisted suicide are mentioned.
These requirements are the following:
|1)||The patient is capable and conscious at the time of the request;|
|2)||The request is made voluntarily, thoughtfully and, if necessary, repeated, and is not the result of external pressure;|
|3)||the patient finds himself in a medical situation with no way out and reports constant and unbearable physical or psychological suffering with no prospect of improvement, resulting from an accidental or pathological condition;|
|4)||the patient’s request for euthanasia or assisted suicide is recorded in writing.|
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Biennial report shows a 41.6% rise in cases from 2021 to 2022.