William Reville, 'Euthanasia will always be cheaper than multidisciplinary care of the dying'
In an alarming article documenting the abandonment by contemporary medicine of the Hippocratic oath and the rise in its place of a cost-saving mentality, headedWorryingundercurrent of economics in debate on euthanasia,published in TheIrish Timeson 16thDecember 2010, ethical medical commentator, biochemist William Reville, observes 'we hearmore and more arguments in favour of euthanasia. Whatever about other dimensions, there is a strong economic undercurrent to this debate. ...Euthanasia will always becheaper than multidisciplinary care of the dying.'And it is not just the elderly who are vulnerable to the new economically driven pressure for euthanasia. 'today, medical technology is very effective. Not only can medicine heal, it can improve healthy but “sub-optimal” bodies using a wide range of technologies'.