Number of Canadians choosing medically assisted death jumps 30%

by Kathleen Harris, CBC News, 21 June 2018

There were 1,523 medically assisted deaths in Canada in the last six-month reporting period — a nearly 30 per cent increase over the previous six months.

Since Quebec’s assisted death law and the federal legislation came into force two years ago, 3,714 Canadians have received medical aid in dying.

Shanaaz Gokool, CEO of the advocacy group Dying With Dignity Canada, said she was not surprised to see the numbers increasing, but added the eligibility criteria remain too restrictive and many Canadians still face too many barriers to an assisted death.

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