Do patients have recourse if they’re denied medical assistance in dying?

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  • Angie Hanson says:

    I had this terrible word HYDROMORPHONE I had at least 700 and is so terrible wrinkle skin and a whole lot more! My body is really upset and I would like to know who gave this terrible word and how can get my body back! It was really wrinkled skin/fingernails ( really upset )runny nose (it will be forever ) black tarry stools there is a whole lot the wrinkle skin is very very bad my whole body is wrinkled skin and does not look good at all!

  • Terry Hill, PhD says:

    It takes a team to decide on MAID, including informed consent (wherever possible) from the patient. Refer to the recent legislation.

  • sam plover says:

    Yes they have recourse. In their illness they have two choices, spend hundreds of thousands in court or go to Switzerland.
    The law is not being upheld, period. Surprising that MAID keeps mentioning “straight forward diseases such as cancer”.
    That is NOT what the law was set out for. Not those straight forward diseases.
    Yes it’s simple, but not within the law that included a lot of people who are now denied by MAID. The “does not meet criteria” is convenient and somehow relies on a doctors final word,
    Not on what is actually going on. The patients that requested, were denied and died? Well they get swept under the rug.
    This law was about much more than having 6 weeks left.
    To have doctors make it so narrow that many don’t qualify purely under their judgment is completely wrong and not according to law. It is simple, a doctor can decide for you how you will die. The final decision is not at all in the patients hands.

  • Mike Fraumeni says:

    Very interesting and informative. And quite thought provoking.


Paul Taylor


Paul Taylor is a health journalist and former Patient Navigation Advisor at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, where he provided advice and answered questions from patients and their families. Paul will continue to write occasional columns for Healthy Debate.

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