Assisted-dying debate exposes ‘dark secret’ of Canada’s broken palliative care system: advocates

by Kristy Kirkup, National Post, 29 December 2015

One benefit of the Canadian Supreme Court’s decision in Carter v Canada is that it is putting the spotlight on the much more significant issue of under-investment in palliative care.

“There is some evidence that only 15 per cent of Canadians have access to high-quality palliative care when they need it,” said Philpott, who spent 30 years working as a doctor in Canada and abroad before entering politics.

“That’s unacceptable and we are committed to doing better.”

Here’s a thought: rather than rush to introduce assisted suicide as a ‘choice’ for a few, how about fixing the system of real care for everyone?

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