A law allowing physicians to prescribe lethal doses to terminally ill patients to alleviate pain and suffering during the final days of their life, has prompted Stephanie Packer’s insurance company to deny her coverage for a chemotherapy treatment. It will pay for her to kill herself though.
The California wife and mother of four was diagnosed with a terminal form of scleroderma, and is terminally ill.
According to The Washington Post, “For a while, five months or so, we’ve been trying to get me on a different chemotherapy drug for the infusions, because my doctor felt that it would be less toxic than some of the other drugs that we were going to be using,” Ms. Packer said in a video distributed by The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network on Monday.
“And I was going back and forth, and finally I had heard back from them, and they said, ‘Yes, we’re going to get it covered, we just have to fix a couple of things,’” she continued.
But shortly after California’s End of Life Option Act, which authorizes physicians to diagnose a life-ending dose of medication to patients with a prognosis of six months or less to live, went into effect, Ms. Packer’s insurance company had a change of heart.
“And when the law was passed, it was a week later I received a letter in the mail saying they were going to deny coverage for the chemotherapy that we were asking for,” Ms. Packer said.
Read more at The Washington Post.