08 Sep '11, 11pm

More willing to think about death

More willing to think about death

SINGAPORE: Death may still be a relatively taboo topic in Singapore, but statistics from the Health Ministry (MOH) show that more people are warming up to the idea of signing a "living will", instructing doctors not to prolong their life with extraordinary life-sustaining treatment if they become terminally-ill and unconscious. While only 500 signed up for an Advanced Medical Directive (AMD) each year between 1997 to 2004, the figure has jumped nearly four-fold to 1,900 a year in the subsequent years to 2010. Current numbers stand at 14,000 and seven have been administered, according to the MOH. An MOH spokesperson attributed the growing acceptance to how end-of-life care has developed "from a single intervention at the point of terminal illness to a more holistic and comprehensive approach of advance care planning". The AMD, which was legislated in 1997, is a legal docume...

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