Cultural differences affecting euthanasia practice in Belgium: one law but different attitudes and practices in Flanders and Wallonia.

@article{Cohen2012CulturalDA,
  title={Cultural differences affecting euthanasia practice in Belgium: one law but different attitudes and practices in Flanders and Wallonia.},
  author={Joachim Cohen and Yanna Van Wesemael and Tinne Smets and Johan Bilsen and Luc H J Deliens},
  journal={Social science & medicine},
  year={2012},
  volume={75 5},
  pages={
          845-53
        }
}
Since 2002, Belgium has had a national law legalising euthanasia. The law prescribes several substantive due care requirements and two procedural due care requirements, i.e. consultation with an independent physician and reporting of euthanasia to a Federal Control Committee. A large discrepancy in reporting rates between the Dutch-speaking (Flanders) and the French-speaking (Wallonia) parts of Belgium has led to speculation about cultural differences affecting the practice of euthanasia in… CONTINUE READING
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