An Overview Of Physician-Assisted Suicide Tourism

Yayla E. N., Altan F.

Uluslararası Sağlık Yönetimi ve Stratejileri Araştırma Dergisi , vol.6, no.3, pp.503-514, 2020 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)


Travel of individuals to visit physicians for a planned death is referred to as Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS) Tourism. This study was prepared in order to analyze secondary data due to the lack of conceptual discussion on the phenomenon of PAS Tourism, which has recently been included in the tourism and health literature. The aim of this study is to examine the studies in the literature, the concept of death that the individual wants to end his life with the support of a physician, the scope of Physician Assisted Suicide Tourism, which is seen as a niche market today, the concepts that are compared with this scope and causing confusion, and finally the legal to examine the functioning of institutions providing Physician Assisted Suicide services within the framework. As a result, although HDI is prohibited in many countries and therefore it is not considered as tourism, it is seen that there is such a niche market today and as the demand for this service increases, the number of countries that have changed the law on HDI is increasing. It is thought that HDI will commodify health services and bring ethical problems such as discrimination among patients.