Thursday, August 17, 2017

Canadian euthanasia doctors want more money to kill.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Canadian euthanasia doctors are pressuring the provincial governments to pay them more money for euthanasia. Supposedly, some euthanasia doctors have stopped killing people based on money.

An article by Kelly Grant published in the Globe and Mail,
appears to pressure governments to pay more for euthanasia. The article insinuates that access to euthanasia has been impeded by the money doctors make to do lethal injections:
Dr. Pewarchuk, an internal medicine specialist in Victoria who has presided over 20 assisted deaths, took his name off the list of willing physicians last month after the body that sets doctors’ pay in British Columbia approved new fees that he and some of his fellow providers say are so low they could chase away even the most committed physician supporters of assisted dying.
Maclean's magazine published an article by Catherine McIntyre stating that physicians in the Netherlands are paid more money to kill:
In the Netherlands, for example, where physician-assisted dying has been legal since 2002, providers are paid a flat rate of about 1,500 euros. That’s $2,200 Canadian dollars and at least five times more than what MAID providers can earn in Canada. On top of that, Dutch physicians are given a paid day off after assisting a death to take care of themselves emotionally. 
(Correction: Professor Theo Boer sent me a message stating that Maclean's magazine was wrong. According to Professor Boer, doctors in the Netherlands receive 227 euro per euthanasia. 
In her article, Grant explains the BC government fee schedule for euthanasia:
Under the new fee schedule, B.C. physicians will now be paid $40 for every 15 minutes, up to a maximum of 90 minutes, to conduct the first of two eligibility assessments required by law. Each of the assessments has to be provided by a different clinician. That works out to $240, a significant increase from the $100.25 interim assessment fee that has been in place in B.C. since shortly after assisted death became legal. 
For second assessments, the time is capped at 75 minutes. 
In the case of providing an assisted death, the province has set a flat fee of $200, plus a home-visit fee of $113.15. 
Therefore, the price on a life in British Columbia is up to $553.15 ($240 + $313.15). 

In her article, Grant compared the fee for euthanasia in several Provinces:
By comparison, if a doctor spent three hours start to finish on an assisted death – excluding the formal eligibility assessment – he or she could bill $621.60 in Alberta, $600 in New Brunswick, $499.80 in Quebec, $480 in Manitoba and $465.60 in Saskatchewan. If doctors in those same five provinces billed for two hours, they could still earn more than B.C.’s $313.15 in every province but Saskatchewan, though not by much.
In January the Journal of the Canadian Medical Association published an article indicating that the Canadian healthcare system could save up to138 Million dollars now that euthanasia is legal.

2 comments:

Ak Rhodes said...

So it's not about patient care or stopping suffering. It's all about the money. A rough estimate at 6000.00 per week in Holland works out to over 300,000 per year. For working three days a week. Talk about making a killing...

grannybannanny@hotmail.com said...

Our lives now have bounties posted, as noted in your pictorial reference. Can't get much plainer than that, can it? The brave U.S. team uncovering the abortion and sale of baby parts has shown that it is all about money, not women's lives or welfare. Now, the "docs" who want to kill are holding out for higher bounties on their "patients." Some compassion, eh?

Oh, by the way, I overheard a very concerned pharmacist speaking by phone and asking for advice about the new legalities of the home abortion pills because of all the warnings telling the patient contradicting things, like, "take in front of 'professional' and 'follow up with visit to doctor" She asks, "Are we then off the hook for any problems because this is scary stuff." Exactly which part is the scary stuff? Giving young and impressionable teens free do-it-yourself kill kits to administer at home with no medical care? The legalities of selling such kits to kids? Unaware adults who pop pills without thinking or reading the fine print? The fact that women have bled to death at home and this do-it-yourself kill kit has been controversial all over the world? Sure is scary, our brave new world...

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