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This Arizona doctor says patients should be able to end their own lives

The state of Oregon was the first in the U.S. to legalize physician-assisted suicide, and it recently made that option more readily available by eliminating residency requirements to go through the process.

Arizona is not one of the 10 states that allows medical aid in dying, and that led two sisters to go from here to Switzerland to end their lives in a clinic.

Palliative care options have increased significantly in recent years, but some in Arizona are advocating for the state to legalize medical aid in dying. One of them is retired physician Tom Fitch, who is a member of the leadership team of Arizona End-of-Life Options.

The Show spoke with him and began the conversation by asking what studies indicate about the ways end of life care has changed and what concerns still exist.

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Steve Goldstein was a host at KJZZ from 1997 to 2022.