Euthanasia in the Netherlands: Transparency and Accountability

  • Rob Dillmann
Conference paper
Part of the Acta Neurochirurgica Supplements book series (NEUROCHIRURGICA, volume 74)


The practice and regulation of euthanasia in the Netherlands is often used in debates concerning legalization of euthanasia (or physician assisted suicide). The situation in the Netherlands has both been used as a deterrent, and as a support for legal changes elsewhere [1, 2]. The scope of this contribution is not to influence these debates. The goal is to give an overview of the current situation in the Netherlands, without suggesting that the way euthanasia is regulated in the Netherlands is an export product. This, however, does not imply that euthanasia and physician assisted suicide are not an international issue. They are, because patients and physicians in many countries are confronted with it. Euthanasia and physician assisted suicide pose a clear challenge to the medical profession, since it is not to be expected that the issue will disappear by itself.


Penal Code Legal Authority Slippery Slope Assisted Suicide Physician Assisted Suicide 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rob Dillmann
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  1. 1.Royal Dutch Medical AssociationUltrechtThe Netherlands

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