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South Korea assisted dying

Since the South Korean government brought legislation out in February 2018 allowing people to forgo a “meaningless extension of life” by shunning medical interventions, 35,431 patients have opted to die and 113,000 have registered via a letter their intention to stop receiving treatment once they have a terminal illness.

One South Korean sought out Dignitas – the Swiss entity – to aid their departure last year. By the end of 2018 32 South Koreans had joined Dignitas. Euthanasia is illegal in South Korea.