The term ‘assisted suicide’ refers to the act of deliberately aiding, assisting or encouraging another person to end his or her own life. The term encompasses physician-assisted suicide, whereby a doctor, at the request of a patient, knowingly and intentionally provides the knowledge and/or means for the commission of suicide, including counselling and prescriptions for lethal doses of the needed drugs.
Euthanasia differs from assisted suicide in that it refers to the act of one person deliberately ending the life of another upon request, to relieve pain and suffering.
We have recently received a number of enquiries about our approach to handling death claims arising from assisted suicide and euthanasia. This is a highly sensitive and contentious issue, and laws and policy exclusions relating to it vary substantially around the globe.
This Briefing Note discusses the impact of both assisted suicide and euthanasia on life claims and summarizes some of the key considerations claims assessors need to take into account when managing claims involving assisted suicide and euthanasia.Read More +