Bombshell: New Zealand Pays $1000 to Doctors For Euthanizing COVID-19 Patients
“In some circumstances a person with COVID-19 may be eligible for assisted dying,” says NZ Ministry of Health.
New euthanasia bill allows government to pay health practitioners $1,087 for each time they perform the life-ending procedure.
New Zealand’s Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed that COVID-19 patients may be eligible for assisted suicide.
Additionally, the government will pay about $1087 to doctors for each patient they euthanize, according to Stuff, the island nation’s most popular newspaper.
An anti-euthanasia group called DefendNZ sent an Official Information Act request last month asking the government to clarify a new euthanasia bill called the End of Life Choice Act (EOLCA), specifically as it relates to “severely hospitalized” Covid patients.
“Could a patient who is severely hospitalized with Covid-19 potentially be eligible for assisted suicide or euthanasia under the Act if a health practitioner viewed their prognosis as less than 6 months?” the group asked.
The MOH responded on December 7 that,”In some circumstances a person with COVID-19 may be eligible for assisted dying.”
From the MOH (emphasis added):
There are clear eligibility criteria for assisted dying. These include that a person must have a terminal illness that is likely to end their life within six months.
A terminal illness is most often a prolonged disease where treatment is not effective. The EOLC Act states eligibility is determined by the attending medical practitioner (AMP), and the independent medical practitioner.
Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis; therefore, the Ministry cannot make definitive statements about who is eligible. In some circumstances a person with COVID-19 may be eligible for assisted dying.