Netherlands Heart Journal

, Volume 18, Issue 5, pp 227–227 | Cite as

Discrimination of the elderly: how guilty are you?

  • M.J. de Boer
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In the Netherlands a recent discussion on ‘the right to die’ and premature ending of life for people over the age of 70 has only highlighted one side of the story. The tale of a situation of bad health, depression and physical ailments, which progresses to, worst of all, a painful and loveless ending of life, has often been told and scares us literally to death. It may distract us from a far bigger and more complex problem.


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