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Canadian euthanasia law could ‘save’ $138 million a year in health care costs

by Kelly Grant, The Globe and Mail, 23 January 2017

Ms Grant reports on an analysis of the financial consequences of Canada’s euthanasia law (using the euphemism of choice, ‘Medical Aid In Dying’ or MAID.)

Canada’s medical-aid-in-dying law could save the country’s health-care system as much as $138.8-million a year, depending on the number of people who chose to hasten their deaths with the help of a doctor or nurse.

Well, that will please the Finance Minister.

Peter Tanuseputro, a physician-scientist at the Bruyère Research Institute and the Ottawa Hospital, said that this effort to quantify MAID should serve as a reminder that the Canadian health-care system must offer better palliative care, especially at home.

“When we talk about MAID and end-of-life care, I think we need to quickly move on to discuss the need to improve palliative care because the two are very related,” he said. “If we provide good palliative care, I think the consensus out there is that many requests for MAID could be avoided completely.”

A study last year found that “thousands of Canadians are suffering unnecessarily each year because they do not have access to palliative care”. The government chose to introduce euthanasia rather than improve palliative care, so that horse has already bolted.

So much for ‘choice’.

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