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Significant Bioethical Issues at the End of Life

Jeffrey Chan Wah Teck SC

(2010) 22 SAcLJ 948

This article discusses the framework for living wills or advance medical directives. From the standpoint of a broad assessment of social cost, the author argues that there is a need to introduce means by which the currency of living wills could be ascertained. The adverse cost implications that could arise from ambiguity in the legal status of the tissue and body of a deceased person are also highlighted. Their disposal could also be made more complex by religious concerns. It is suggested that a legislative response may be the most expedient way forward.