“If we don’t do a better job of saying ‘enough’ to medicine, when the time’s right to do that, I think we may face somebody from the outside coming and doing that for us,” says Dr. Scott B. Rae, Professor of Christian Ethics at Talbot School of Theology at Biola University. While mandatory assisted suicide would be an extreme response to the issue, the aging ‘baby boomer’ generation is going to overwhelm the healthcare system soon, and someone will have to make decisions about when to stop administering medicine. “It’s a demographic landslide that is on its way.”
The solution is for patients and their families to be empowered to say no to medicine at the end of life. “The average person will spend 50% of what they will spend on healthcare in their lifetime during the last twelve months of their life, when – in my view – arguably it will do the least amount of good.” As Christians, we have to put our faith in God and our eternal destiny with him, finding the maturity to say goodbye to our loved ones with dignity and wisdom.
From The Justice Conference 2012.