Australia offers lesson in palliative care

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  1. Darren Cargill

    TY again Healthy Debate. Look forward to questions, comments and gratuitous insults.

  2. Graham Neill

    Just incredible! MAiD is a right in Canada. It has to be included in palliative care solutions. To not do so tells us the religious right is overpowering our governance again.

    • Darren Cargill

      Thanks Graham.

      For me, MAiD and palliative care are separate entities which sometimes share patients. While 1% of patients may request MAiD, 100% of patients facing a life-limiting illness will benefit from palliative care.

      Almost every jurisdiction that has legalized MAiD has also made significant concurrent investments in palliative care. Canada did not do this in 2016.

      MAiD is not really the focus of this article. There was another recent Healthy Debate article which addressed this issue that might be better suited for this discussion.

      • Judy Gragtmans

        Completely agree! We need good palliative everywhere! The Hospice of Windsor is an amazing example.

        • Darren Cargill

          Thank you Judy. We are very proud of our program in Windsor. We feel we can lead and be an example to others.

  3. Lorena McManus

    I am in full agreement with you but must add that west of Ontario community based palliative care programs do exist. Winnipeg was among the first created by myself and colleague Dr Mike Harlos in 1999. Calgary and Edmonton I believe are also examples and I believe B.C. has examples but I am not certain. Also, health care aids, nurses etc in Wpg all have certification in palliative care.

    Earlier financial studies demonstrate that cost only occur if beds are closed so I am curious about the the findings in the article. This is true of most savings in health care.

    In all a good article calling for the right things. Lorena McManus BN, MPA

    • Darren Cargill

      Thanks Lorena.

      Absolutely. There are great examples of “centers of excellence” all across Canada. St. Boniface was neck and neck with Montreal for the first PCU in Canada. Canadian virtual Hospice in Winnipeg. The Edmonton and Calgary Zones. Victoria Hospice.

      I simply write about what I know best 🙂

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