Frequently Asked Questions About the Law
What about my life insurance coverage?
Taking an aid-in-dying medication does not constitute suicide, so health and insurance coverage will not be exempted.
My doctors want to better understand medical aid in dying; where can they learn more?
Doctors can call End of Life Choices California at 760-636-8009 for a free, confidential consultation and information on end-of- life care with experienced physicians on our Advisory Committee.
How long does the process take to request and obtain the aid-in-dying medication?
The process to request and obtain aid-in-dying medication cannot take less than 15 days and requires at least two doctor visits. The average length of time is 15-30 days if you have a physician who will prescribe, but can take quite a bit longer if you have to find a new physician. It is very important for individuals who may want to access the law to talk to their doctors and start the process early. Remember you may change your mind at any time during the process. Patients often report that having the medication gave them a sense of control and relief. Some end up never taking the medication.
What can I do to make sure my doctor will support me if I ever want to access medical aid in dying?
Ask your physician while you are healthy whether they will support your end-of-life choices (including medical aid in dying) if you develop a terminal illness with no chance of recovery. This will encourage your doctors and other clinicians to listen to your priorities and become prepared to provide you with the treatment you may want in the future. If your medical providers are unable or unwilling to support your end-of-life choices, you have the option to change your care to a healthcare team that puts your wishes first.