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Half of Germans prefer suicide to nursing care
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Half of Germans prefer suicide to nursing care

Published: 12 Dec 2012 16:06 GMT+01:00

The study, commissioned by a foundation for the terminally ill, Deutsche Hospiz Stiftung, found that 51 percent of women and 49 percent of men would consider taking their own lives to avoid depending on help from others.

“This is evidence of the failure of German nursing care policy,” head of the organization Eugen Brysch told Bild daily newspaper.

On Wednesday, the Bundestag legal committee met to discuss changing Germany's assisted-suicide laws to only punishing people who provided euthanasia as a commercial service.

But Brysch said that the legal foundations surrounding assisted suicide needed to be tighter. By only punishing those paid for aiding suicides, the government was essentially sanctioning free euthanasia services, he said.

“Lawmakers have to take dying out of the yellow pages, even if it is for free,” Brysch told the paper.

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Your comments about this article

16:43 December 12, 2012 by Englishted
Yes you can't have the old dying before they have had the last bit of money sucked out of them can you Herr Brysch .
17:57 December 12, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
I would prefer suicide to being an old German also. One only has to look at the pensioners scrounging for empty bottles in the bins to see how things are.
18:19 December 12, 2012 by pjnt
No way. I plan to crap in my diapers, pee in my boots and grab pretty nurses bums while claiming senility for may years. Mirrors on the shoes, sneaking single malts into my room and corks on the forks for me.

And if the don't take proper care of me, I will ditch the diapers, leave the boots at the door and aim higher than the bum.

One shot at life people, use it.
10:09 December 13, 2012 by delvek
Loosen the necktie, take a deep breath, learn to enjoy different phases of life, relax, breathe deep.
10:33 December 13, 2012 by Firmino
Well I'm sure most would change their minds when the time comes! Move into a nursing home or blow my brains out? I'd chose the nursing home every time!
11:09 December 13, 2012 by Zubair Khan
To me study result, a big slab on so called glittering face of German societal values. What one has to do with development when fellow beings are fed up of other fellow beings that too from those who are supposed to take care. Point to ponder for German sociologists!
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