Friday, March 8, 2019

Alberta: 50% increase in MAiD euthanasia deaths in 2018.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

An article by Gillian Slade for the Medicine Hat News reports that the number of euthanasia deaths, referred to as MAiD, increased by 50% in Alberta in 2018. Euthanasia was legalized on June 17, 2016 in Canada.

The report states that there were 69 assisted deaths in 2016, 205 assisted deaths in 2017 and 307 assisted deaths in 2018 in Alberta.

The data must include some 2019 deaths since it refers to 600 deaths. The article states:
Of the 600 cases so far, 379 were carried out in a facility and 221 in the community, according to the AHS report. A total of 64 patients were transferred from mainly faith-based facilities in order to receive MAID and 12 were transferred from non-faith-based facilities to a participating facility or to the patient’s home.
The only other province to release euthanasia data is Québec which stated that between July 2017 and March 2018 there was an approximate 75% increase in assisted deaths. The Québec report indicates that 10% of the assisted deaths were not administered according to the law and 142 assisted deaths were not reported.

The Alberta data does not indicate how many deaths did not fulfill the criteria of the law or were not reported.

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