Switzerland remains the only place in the world where a foreigner can get help to die. Fortunately, the Swiss show no signs of changing this act of international largesse. For this they are to be congratulated. However, travelling to a foreign country is never going to be everybody’s first option.
Operating from within the medical model can make one feel that you are being made to jump through hoops: because the doctor who prescribes the Nembutal must be able to justify this act to the national medical council. With Exit’s Sarco euthanasia capsule, however, everything changes. Operating outside the medical model (no drugs are involved), the Sarco represents an opportunity to radically change the Swiss landscape on assisted suicide.
If the VAD does not involve drugs then the doctor who signs the paperwork will not be subject to the same level of oversight by the governing body. However, the legal requirement of adequate decision-making capacity will still need to be addressed, along with altruistic motives by those providing the Sarco.
Exit will keep readers updated of all developments and our Swiss plans in future updates to this Chapter.