Netherland 2013 euthanasia report - 15% increase, euthanasia for psychiatric problems and dementia

By Alex Schadenberg
International Chair - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

The 2013 Netherlands euthanasia report was released todayindicating a 15% increase of reported euthanasia deaths. There were also 42 euthanasia deaths for people with psychiatric problems and 97 euthanasia deaths for people with dementia.

The 2013 report indicated that there were 4829 reported euthanasia deaths which was up from 4188 in 2012. As bad as it is, the reported euthanasia deaths do not include the unreported euthanasia deaths.

The five year Netherlands euthanasia Lancet study indicated that in 2010, 23% of all euthanasia deaths went unreported in the Netherlands, which was up from 20% in 2005. The under-reporting of euthanasia in the Netherlands represents (20% - 23%) of all euthanasia deaths. It is likely that the actual number of euthanasia deaths is (965 - 1100) deaths higher.