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The Netherlands 2020 assisted dying report card confirms a steady rate

The Netherlands euthanasia commission has just released its 2020 annual report.

The report shows that the number of cases rose around 9% over the 2019 year. However, the number of total deaths was also up, resulting in a continuation of relatively level rate in recent years (Figure 1).

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Figure 1: The assisted dying rate in the Netherlands and Belgium

With Covid-19 deaths having contriuted towards a modest net increase in total deaths last year, the assisted dying rate is likely to be modestly higher in the coming year.


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