Conflict of interest in medical doctors
Other Names: Moral dilemmas of physicians
Doubt about prescribing euthanasia
Conflict of interest in pharmacists
Chemists' conflict of interest
Violating Hippocratic oaths
Nature: Physicians may feel morally obliged to offer the the medical treatments that their patients would prefer, but simultaneously not wish to offer treatments injurious to the patient's health. Killing the patient at anyone's request, including the patient's, may seem sinful.
Incidence: The reported incidence of euthanasia in the Netherlands has risen steadily, and was 1436 in 1994. The rise reflects an increasing willingness among physicians to report the requests, rather than a rise in patients' demand.
Problem Type: G: Very specific problems
Date of last update 28.05.1999 – 00:00 CEST