Famous Surgeon Condemns Healthcare System Over Brittany Maynard's Assisted Suicide

October 13, 2014 5:15 PM

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The case of Brittany Maynard — the 29-year-old woman with brain cancer electing to undergo physician-assisted suicide Nov. 1 — has made headlines across the country, and moved the debate over assisted suicide back into the national picture. In a HuffPost Live interview Friday, renown surgeon and author Atul Gawande said Maynard's plight is an indictment of America's health system as a whole.

"What I think it indicates is that our health system has failed Brittany Maynard," Gawande told host Alyona Minkovski. "She can't count on the idea that, as her symptoms progress, that she would be prevented from having suffering, that she could count on clinicians and others... that her priorities ...

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