Envisioning markets in assisted dying

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Ethical debates about assisted dying typically assume that only medical professionals should be able to provide patients with assisted dying. This assumption partially rests on the unstated principle that assisted dying providers may not be motivated by pecuniary considerations. Here I outline and defend a mixed provider model of assisted dying provision that contests this principle. Under this model, medically competent non-physician professionals could receive fees for providing assisted dying under the same terms and conditions as physicians can in those jurisdictions where medically assisted dying is lawful. The mixed provider model blunts objections to assisted dying rooted in supposed clashes with medical values. In addition to generating a market likely to expand access to assisted dying, the mixed provider model would not create markets that are unjust because they are “noxious” in Satz’ sense or because they raise “semiotic” concerns about the value of human life.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Directions in the Ethics of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia
EditorsMichael Cholbi, Jukka Varelius
PublisherSpringer International Publishing Switzerland
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783031253157
ISBN (Print)9783031253140
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2023

Publication series

NameThe International Library of Bioethics
ISSN (Print)2662-9186
ISSN (Electronic)2662-9194


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