Jersey's health minister against assisted suicide
She said that she believed dying people often worried they would be a burden on their families, and that the state should work carefully to help them.
Care for such ill people should be about relieving suffering, she added.
Last week a group of experts called for a change in the law to allow assisted suicide.
They have argued that the current system is incoherent and needs to change.
But the panel - the Commission on Assisted Dying - acknowledged that any new arrangements would have to be carefully regulated to protect the vulnerable.