Panel created by Quebec government says access to assisted suicide should be expanded

Panel created by Quebec government says access to assisted suicide should be expanded

 

A panel of experts is recommending the Quebec government expand access to medical aid in dying.

In recommendations made public today, the group said people should be allowed to make advance directives requesting a doctor-assisted death, which is not allowed under current law.

The panel suggests that to make such an advance request, a person should first have been diagnosed with a serious, incurable illness, including Alzheimer’s or dementia.

The person would designate a third party to authorize the assisted death when the time comes…

The expert group also recommends that the government offer a better quality of palliative care throughout Quebec.

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