Vermont residents with terminal disease have the option to be prescribed a dose of medication to hasten the end of their life. This option requires the participation of a Vermont physician. Physicians and patients must adhere to a process that provides immunity for both patients and health care providers who wish to take steps under the law.
No patient, physician or pharmacist may be required to participate in activities under the statute. Every step must be voluntary.
The forms for Patient Choice and Control at End of Life are provided to assist patients and physicians in undertaking the mandatory reporting requirements. Use of these forms is not mandatory.
More End of Life Resources
- Physician Aid in Dying(link is external) - Vermont Ethics Network
- Planning for End-of-Life Care Decisions(link is external) - National Institute on Aging
- End of Life Issues(link is external) - National Institutes of Health MedlinePlus