Determining who gets to access Medical Assistance in Dying is all of our responsibility

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  1. Jason

    My common-law partner fulfills the whole of the criteria for medical assistance in dying with the exception of the “reasonably foreseeable death” criteria point. Even so, she has been trying to access MAID for almost two years now. We continue to wait for change.

  2. Paul Anderson

    Thank you for this thoughtfully written article.

    The Bill in question, incidentally, is C-14. It is very difficult to imagine how legislation could successfully balance the demands of those who, like the group Dying With Dignity, favour completely unfettered and unconditional access to MAiD, on the one hand, with effective protection of vulnerable disabled or chronically ill people, on the other hand, who are immersed in a culture that progressively devalues their lives as MAiD access is expanded. It is especially disheartening to see how little effort is going into making improvements in the availability and quality of palliative care, community based care, and living conditions for chronically ill or disabled persons, as compared with the energy and publicity that is devoted to the expansion of the practice of MAiD.

    • Kieran Quinn

      Thank you for your comments, Paul. I agree that we should be doing more to improve access to home and palliative care – but there is hope.

      I sit on the Ontario Palliative Care Network as a Clinical Advisory Council member to advise our provincial government on the delivery of palliative care across Ontario. We are diligently working to address all of the issues you raise above, which we believe are equally as important.

      The continued advocacy from people like yourself are needed to help influence funding and policy decisions for our healthcare system.

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