Health insurance group Menzis said on Friday it will pay the cost for people who ask for help from the voluntary euthanasia society’s special clinic.
Menzis chairman Roger van Boxtel told a conference organised by the NVVE on Thursday that if patients meet the clinic’s tough conditions for help, then the health insurer will pay for the help. The decision is the result of a ‘wide-ranging discussion’ within the company, Van Boxtel said.
The clinic was set up in March for people whose own doctors cannot or will not help them. Since the service began, 456 people have registered at the clinic and 51 people have been helped to die.
Voluntary euthanasia clinic has three requests a week
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