oa South African Journal of Bioethics and Law - Physician-assisted dying and palliative care : understanding the two : editorial

Volume 8 Number 2
  • ISSN : 1999-7639



The recent case of , brought to the fore intense discussion, debate and reflection on end-of-life issues. While much has been said, and rightfully so, of the patient's right to dignity and the entwining of this right with the right to autonomy as entrenched in the Constitution of South Africa with regard to physician-assisted dying, other core matters like the need for advocating for quality palliative care and the importance of taking the social context in the country into account require equal consideration too, if we are to have an evenly balanced debate.

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