Making an Informed Decision

Putting Patients First

Making an Informed Decision

Putting Patients First

Every patient’s trusted healthcare professional is their last line of defence against hasty, ill-informed or improper requests for MAID

The patient-healthcare professional relationship is an essential part of how patients navigate the healthcare system. This vital role is being jeopardized by unnecessary bureaucratic rules. This is not in the best interests of patient care.

Passage of Bill C-7 means that people with disabilities, chronic illnesses and those with mental health concerns will be eligible for MAID. Many healthcare professionals are concerned that patients, particularly vulnerable ones, will choose or be forced into MAID because of ableism or a lack of options, social support networks, or available services. With the right support, the patient can overcome their desire to end their life. Improper pressure or poor information can lead patients to make decisions that are not in their best interests.

In a July 2021 poll, 85% of Ontarians supported legislation to allow healthcare professionals to opt out of participating in Medical Assistance in Dying. Read complete survey results here. The proposed legislation would guarantee:

  • The ability of healthcare professionals to opt out of participating in MAID, including performing it or arranging for someone else to provide the service.
  • The requirement of healthcare professionals to provide information about Telehealth Ontario or any hospital MAID services upon request by the patient.
  • The ability of any healthcare professional to discuss alternatives to MAID with their patient, with consent.
  • The ability to transfer complete care to another available and willing healthcare professional.
  • The protection against being forced to suggest MAID to a patient before the patient has decided to explore that route themselves.

70% of survey respondents supported the federal government’s expansion of MAID under Bill C-7. While they were generally supportive of the current MAID regime, 85% of respondents were in favour of legislation that would make participation in MAID voluntary. In fact, 40% of Ontarians said they would be more likely to support a political party in the next provincial election, who had proposed or supported this legislation. For more detailed background on this issue, click here. Read the letters from community and faith leaders to Premier Ford.

Please propose or support this legislation that puts patients first by making participation in MAID voluntary.

Every patient’s trusted healthcare professional is their last line of defence against hasty, ill-informed or improper requests for MAID

The patient-healthcare professional relationship is an essential part of how patients navigate the healthcare system.This vital role is being put into jeopardy by unnecessary bureaucratic rules. This is not in the best interests of patient care.

 

Passage of Bill C-7 means that people with disabilities, chronic illnesses and those with mental health concerns will be eligible for MAID. Many healthcare professionals are concerned that patients, particularly vulnerable ones, will choose or be forced into MAID because of ableism or a lack of options, social support networks, or available services. With the right support, the patient can overcome their desire to end their life. Improper pressure or poor information can lead patients to make decisions that are not in their best interests.

In a July 2021 poll, 85% of Ontarians supported legislation to allow healthcare professionals to opt out of participating in Medical Assistance in Dying. Read complete survey results here. The proposed legislation would guarantee:

  • The ability of healthcare professionals to opt out of participating in MAID, including performing it or arranging for someone else to provide the service.
  • The requirement of healthcare professionals to provide information about Telehealth Ontario or any hospital MAID services upon request by the patient.
  • The ability of any healthcare professional to discuss alternatives to MAID with their patient, with consent.
  • The ability to transfer complete care to another available and willing healthcare professional.
  • The protection against being forced to suggest MAID to a patient before the patient has decided to explore that route themselves.

70% of survey respondents supported the federal government’s expansion of MAID under Bill C-7. While they were generally supportive of the current MAID regime, 85% of respondents were in favour of legislation that would make participation in MAID voluntary. In fact, 40% of Ontarians said they would be more likely to support a political party in the next provincial election, who had proposed or supported this legislation. For more detailed background on this issue, click here. Read the letters from community and faith leaders to Premier Ford.

Please propose or support this legislation that puts patients first by making participation in MAID voluntary.

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