Health Care Analysis

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 195–207

Euthanasia and Palliative Care in the Netherlands: An Analysis of the Latest Developments

  • Bert Gordijn
  • Rien Janssens

DOI: 10.1023/B:HCAN.0000044926.05523.ef

Cite this article as:
Gordijn, B. & Janssens, R. Health Care Analysis (2004) 12: 195. doi:10.1023/B:HCAN.0000044926.05523.ef


This article discusses the latest developments regarding euthanasia and palliative care in the Netherlands. On the one hand, a legally codified practice of euthanasia has been established. On the other hand, there has been a strong development of palliative care. The combination of these simultaneous processes seems to be rather unique. This contribution first focuses on these remarkable developments. Subsequently, the analysis concentrates on the question of how these new developments have influenced the ethical debate.

euthanasiaphysician assisted suicidepalliative careterminal sedation

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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bert Gordijn
    • 1
  • Rien Janssens
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Ethics, Philosophy and History of MedicineUniversity of NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands