Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD), Assisted Dying, Access, Charter, Human Rights, Ethics, Conscience
Patients are being denied access to assessments for, and provision of, medical assistance in dying (MAiD) in publicly-funded institutions in Canada. Health authorities should implement policies that prohibit forced transfer for MAiD (assessments and provision) unless it can be achieved without undue delay or harm to the patient (as determined by the MAiD Program, not the institution). This is a template policy that health authorities could adopt to ensure access to a legal health service in all publicly-funded institutions (including faith-based institutions) under their authority.
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Jocelyn Downie, "Template Policy Re: Access to Medical Assistance in Dying in Publicly-Funded Institutions" (2018) [unpublished].