The Committee was strongly drawn to the proven, seven year experience of a very similar law in Oregon.
By giving patients facing imminent and inevitable death the option of self-administering life ending medication, the law ushered in a host of important improvements to end-of-life care: increased referrals to hospice care; improved pain management services; a rise in comfort care teams and high attendance at end-of-life seminars for physicians.
Most importantly, a marked increase in the difficult task of physicians and families of engaging in frank conversations about end-of-life options.
The Committee acknowledged that a minority of physicians may oppose this bill, but observed that the participation by physicians was strictly at their option and that this bill
presented a real opportunity to genuinely improve patient care.
CAPG decides, we do NOT gripe, you decide.