MONTREAL, Quebec - June 30, 2016 - PRLog - (Link to the Press Release)
|Forcing euthanasia in Quebec hospitals |
contravenes patient rights
|Dr Paul Saba|
Dr. Saba questions the true motives of the Québec and Canadian governments. Is the pressure to euthanize due to the lack of health care for its citizens, including the lack of palliative care for those who truly are at the end of life? Is the Québec government creating a false debate in demanding faster access to euthanasia when Quebecers do not have access or prompt enough access to essential services like family physicians, cancer screening and even cancer surgery? Presently 52% of Montrealers cannot be operated within the 4 week window mandated by the government. 900 beds are being closed this summer. Is the government using euthanasia as a means of freeing up more beds? This goes against the will of Quebecers and Canadians as revealed by a recent Angus Reid Poll (April 1 2016). The poll reveals that the majority of Canadians are opposed to physician assisted suicide (PAS) and euthanasia because of lack of health care. Canadians oppose PAS because: "the cost of a patient's care is very expensive to the health care system (79%); "a person has no hope for the future and no meaning to their lives (69%); "a person has multiple health conditions and feels overwhelmed (64%); and "a person's care appears to be a burden to their family (74%)." A slim majority of 55% are in favour of PAS "because Canadians are unable to get access to medical care to treat their pain and suffering." http://angusreid.org/assisted-suicide-law/
"This reveals that Quebecers and Canadians want good health care and not euthanasia as the solution for the lack of access to medical care"- states Dr. Paul Saba, a family physician. "Many Canadians wait a long time for: physicians, specialists, screening, testing and treatments. Canadians' access to specialist and primary care is the lowest among 11 comparable countries."
Attorneys Dominique Talarico and Natalia Manole, who represent Dr. Saba in his legal challenge against euthanasia, state that "In the absence of appropriate medical care and services, it is impossible to give a free and informed consent to receive physician-assisted suicide. By not having access to the good care, a person may end his or her life prematurely."
Dr. Paul Saba M.D.