Date: December 19, 2015
The Taiwan parliament has passed the first law in Asia that allows a patient to interrupt medical treatment and be taken off life-support systems in five clinical situations, the island’s legislators said Saturday.
The law, the first of its kind in Asia, will take effect in three years, the Health and Welfare Ministry announced.
The five situations in which the euthanasia option will exist are terminal cases, irreversible comas, persistent vegetative states, advanced dementia and other disorders catalogued as incurable, the parliament said.
The law specifies that the patient, before or after consulting doctors, can reject medical care when faced with one of those five conditions. [FULL STORY]