CTV NEWS – Medically assisted deaths jumped by 31 per cent in Canada last year as part of a continuing trend since the practice was legalized in 2016 for those with a serious and incurable illness or disability, a federal report says.
[Everyone has a “serious and incurable illness or disability” – it’s called life, a condition which results in death 100 percent of the time. – HEADLINE HEALTH]
Health Canada says in the report that 13,241 people chose medical assistance in dying (MAID) in 2022, for a total of 44,958 deaths so far, and that the average annual growth rate has been 31 per cent from 2019 to 2022.
The mentally ill are next
The fourth annual report comes before MAID is expected to expand next spring to include people with a mental disorder as the sole underlying condition, though some psychiatrists are calling for more addiction and mental health services.
The report says 63 per cent of people who received MAID last year had cancer and 19 per cent had heart conditions. All provinces except Manitoba and Yukon continued to experience a steady year-over-year growth in MAID … (story continues below)
“Many Germans did not want to be reminded of individuals who did not measure up to their concept of a “master race” and were considered “unfit” or “handicapped.” People with physical and mental disabilities were viewed as “useless” to society, a threat to Aryan genetic purity, and, ultimately, “unworthy of life.” At the beginning of World War II, individuals with mental or physical disabilities were targeted for murder in what the Nazis called the “T-4,” or “euthanasia,” program.” – Holocaust Encyclopedia, THE MURDER OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES,
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The report says nearly 78 per cent of patients received palliative care, a level similar to the previous three years, and that half of patients got that care for a month or more, similar to the level reported in 2021.
Nearly 20 per cent of MAID recipients did not receive palliative care, but almost 88 per cent had access to it …