Thursday, August 4, 2022

Shopping for a death doctor in Canada.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

A CBC news report suggests that Canadians who are turned down for MAiD (euthanasia) three times, just need to find another doctor or nurse who is willing to kill them.

Priscilla Ki Sun Hwang reported for CBC news on August 3, 2022 that Margaret Bristow was declared ineligible for (MAiD) euthanasia by assessors in Ottawa three times but then approved for euthanasia in Brampton. According to the report:
Bristow said she applied for medical assistance in dying, also called MAID, three times since the procedure was decriminalized in 2016 — twice prior and once after the recent legislative changes in 2021 broadened the eligibility criteria for patients.

All three times, she said, her Ottawa assessors declared her ineligible.
Bristow said that her family doctor got her in contact with (MAiD) euthanasia assessors in Toronto this Spring. The CBC report states that she is now scheduled to die by euthanasia on August 10 in Brampton and she chose to have it done in a hospital so that she could donate her organs.

Priscilla Ki Sun Hwang interviews Dr. Chantal Perrot, a Toronto family physician and (MAID) provider who explains that many people travel across Ontario or even to another province to die by euthanasia. Perrot states:
Each assessor comes to a clinical decision regarding a patient's eligibility on a case-by-case basis, based on their interpretation of the legislation, the patient's history and conditions, she explained.

"It happens not infrequently that a person will be found ineligible by one assessor, but found eligible by somebody else,"
Shopping for a death doctor is not uncommon in Canada. If one doctor or nurse decides that a person is ineligible another doctor might find them eligible for death.

The 2021 Health Canada euthanasia report stated that only 487 (4%) of the euthanasia requests were declared to be ineligible that year and yet Bristow was turned down three times. There may be more to this story.

When Canada was debating euthanasia legislation in 2016 I recognized that the law lacked clear standards or definitions and I predicted that people could shop for a death doctor. Sadly this CBC report will encourage other people who have been declared ineligible for euthanasia to seek an assessment from a doctor or nurse who will approve their death.


Voice of Gone Ballistic said...

Shopping for death is wrong. There has to be more safeguards or better yet no euthanasia and no advanced DNRs.

Nancy said...

Thou Shall Not Kill People, including yourself! The Dominion Life Movement , (see online) claims to have a 97% success rate when they pray for people. Watch 50 or 100 Near Death Experience, (NDE) youtubes, & get educated. (A few does not cut it). People are sent back to their bodies because "it is Not Their Time". Why is euthanasia occurring on the basis of an individual being lonely? There are 7 billion people on this planet, & millions who love You. Try reaching out.......again ...... with the computer, the phone, & in person. Think about repenting, & helping someone else, & LISTENING to our Creator & Jesus. They Love You, & so do I !!! Thank you, Alex !!!

Annette Murphy said...

All this euthensia concerns me greatly. It is like getting rid of the weak like Hitler did. The disabled, those with mental health issues and those who are poor or can't get adequate treatment or housing. Human beings shouldn't be expendable.