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Dignified death in South Korea

More than 80% of South Koreans support the idea of dignified death – meaning they don’t want to receive life-prolonging treatment should they become terminally ill – according to a survey 1,241 members of the general public, 1,000 cancer patients, 928 medical doctors, and 1,000 Koreans with family members with cancer. The study also found that nearly 30% of those surveyed back physician-assisted suicide, in which a doctor provides lethal drugs to terminally ill patients who wish to end their suffering. Physician-assisted suicide is illegal in Korea.