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Euthanasia in Florida

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It is none too surprising that Florida has one of the highest concentrations of senior citizens. As a known hot spot for retirees, many businesses, health care providers and financial planners have set up shop in Florida, offering their services to the many elderly that make their way here each year. Looking toward the end of their time on earth, whether facing a disease or other illness, some residents ask their healthcare providers about Florida's euthanasia laws. Although there are certain laws, residents may be surprised by what they hear.

The typical form of euthanasia most are familiar with is physician-assisted suicide. Although this form of euthanasia is not allowed in Florida, it is allowed in Oregon. However, euthanasia laws govern an entire set of rules regarding end of life rights and procedures. In Florida, these laws are not on the books but may have a section of Florida statute that relates to them.

Most of the euthanasia issues are covered by an advanced healthcare directive and allow patients to make arrangements for their care before the need arises. Some issues to be covered when deciding your care may be the withdrawal or withholding of life sustaining machines or procedures. Under Florida statute, these things do not constitute suicide and, therefore, do not impact life insurance benefits.

It is important for all individuals making end of life plans to consult a trusted attorney and get the facts about advanced health care directives. With their experience and knowledge of the law, you can make the right decision for you and your family.

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