Requests to Die Surge as Virus Fears Push Terminally Ill to Make Plans

June 1, 2020

(Sydney Morning Herald) – At the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia, Melbourne oncologist Cameron McLaren, received as many as four calls a week from terminally people wanting to obtain a permit for a cocktail of government-endorsed lethal drugs. COVID-19 was not a driver behind patients opting for euthanasia but Dr McLaren said the virus had fuelled anxiety around dying and had been a catalyst for some terminally ill patients to use the laws earlier than they might have done to ensure they could have the death of their own choosing.