One of Australia's states recently legalised voluntary euthanasia. The campaign for euthanasia was centered around the right to die with dignity and the ability to choose ones time, but what was not discussed was the pressure it would take of the healthcare system. All Australians are a member of Medicare and receive free healthcare for their entire lives. This means that the ageing population will put significant stress on the health system, as in 2013-14 persons over 65 accounted for 41% of same day hospitalisations and 39% of overnight hospitalisations. Thats not including the elderly who spend months at a time in hospital for serious treatments.
Although there are many moral issues that surround euthanasia, an increase in the mortality rate of terminally ill elders may benefit Australia's health system, as awful as the idea is.