Saturday, November 12, 2016

Dying With Dignity: we need information

The numbers are important.

More than 100 Canadians have opted for assisted death since law passed
Federal government is required to record assisted deaths but has yet to begin tracking numbers
Doctors and nurse practitioners have helped hasten the deaths of more than 100 Canadians since the federal law governing medical aid in dying was passed in June.
The actual number of deaths is probably significantly higher because several provinces could not, or would not, provide complete data. Quebec, which was the first province to adopt a law on doctor-assisted death, provided no data whatsoever.
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CBC News obtained data under the Right to Information Act after the province declined to provide numbers

CBC News has learned Horizon Health Network, the province's English health authority has approved nine doctor-assisted dying cases, a number that was kept secret until now.
The data was obtained through the Right to Information Act after the province declined to provide records, citing privacy concerns.
Nova Scotia and the Yukon were the only other province and territory that didn't provide the information to CBC News.

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