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Revista americana de medicina respiratoria

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BELLI, Laura F  and  MAGLIO, Ignacio. Alcances de la nueva legislación sobre muerte digna. Rev. amer. med. respiratoria [online]. 2013, vol.13, n.4, pp.212-216. ISSN 1852-236X.

In 2011, heavily driven by some relevant cases, in Argentina began a thorough public debate about dying with dignity. On May 9, 2012 the Law N° 26742, called "death with dignity law" was enacted. Promulgated on May 24, that same year, it incorporates major amendments to the Law N° 26529 on "Patient Rights in relation to the Professionals and Health Institutions" expanding the rights of individuals with regard to medical measures to be taken at the end of their lives. This article presents and analyzes the impact of this new law on patient´s rights and health professionals´ obligations from a bioethical perspective.

Keywords : Death with dignity; Patient´s rights; Bioethics.

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