Life insurance, living benefits, and physician-assisted death

Frederick R. Parker, Harvey W. Rubin, William J. Winslade

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One of the most significant concerns about the legalization of physician-assisted death in the United States relates to the possibility that a chronically or terminally ill person would choose to end her or his life for financial reasons. Because we believe that the life insurance industry is uniquely poised to help minimize any such incentive, we submit that it has a moral obligation to do so. In particular, we propose that the industry encourage greater flexibility in the payout of policy benefits in the event an insured should be diagnosed with a terminal illness or suffer from intractable pain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)615-626
Number of pages12
JournalBehavioral Sciences and the Law
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Law


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