California HMO doctors say it's OK to kill patients

SACRAMENTO, MARCH 22, 2007 - If suicide becomes a medical treatment alternative to care for the dying, it is easy to understand the financial advantages to hospitals, HMO's and MediCal. A fifty-dollar prescription is a lot cheaper than providing proper care.

While the AMA and the California Medical Association oppose AB 374, Catholics for the Common Good has always had a suspicion that HMO's and hospitals were supportive. However, they have never made a public statement it - that is not until the support for assisted suicide by California Association of Physicians Groups (CAPG) was announced by one of the bill's authors, Assemblyman Lloyd Levine (D-Van Nuys) on March 22, 2007.

California Association of Physicians Groups (CAPG) represents the interests of HMO physician groups, independent physician groups, and hospital physician groups working in managed care. HMO's and pharmaceutical companies are partners with this trade association.

See the press release issued by Assemblyman Levine.
See the response from the California Disability Alliance.

ACTION

  1. Call the offices of physician groups in your area. Tell them to withdraw their support and oppose AB 374. Tell then that you don't want the social pressure or expectations for patients to commit suicide when diagnosed (or misdiagnosed) as terminally ill. See the list of physician groups that are members of the California Association of Physicians Groups

See more action against physician-assisted suicide.



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