MDMD strongly recommend that everyone, regardless of age or health, consider their end of life wishes and write an Advance Decision, which doctors are generally very happy to discuss, sign, and keep on their records. Advance Decisions (also known as Advance Directives or Living Wills) are used so that an individual can refuse any medical treatment, including life-sustaining treatment, under the circumstances they detail in the document, when they are no longer able to speak for themselves – in a coma, following a stroke, or due to loss of mental capacity.
Regrettably MDMD advise caution in talking to doctors about assisted dying, especially if you are considering attempting to travel to Switzerland at some stage for a medically assisted suicide there. Most doctors, to protect themselves under the current law, will refuse to discuss assisted dying in any meaningful way. They are unable to help you. If a doctor knows, or suspects that you are planning to end your life in Switzerland, he/she may make it harder to obtain medical records which are necessary for a medically assisted death there. There is an example of this happening in this personal story.
In this respect MDMD consider the doctor patient relationship to be broken. It will only be repaired by a change in the law allowing doctors to meaningfully discuss a patient’s end of life wishes when these include the option of a medically assisted death.