Euthanasia for hip fractures and other news from Quebec

Three people were euthanased in Quebec between April 2018 and March 2019 for a hip fracture. This is just one of the warnings about where legalisation of euthanasia leads that can be drawn from the latest report on euthanasia in Quebec.

Euthanasia in that Canadian province now accounts for nearly one out of fifty deaths (1.9%) with significantly higher rates in some health regions including the capital (3.28%) and Bas-Saint-Laurent (3.45%).

Although Canadian law requires "at least 10 clear days between the day on which the request was signed by the person and the day on which" euthanasia is provided unless "the person’s death, or the loss of their capacity to provide informed consent, is imminent" and the Quebec law requires the physician to verify “the persistence of suffering and that the wish to obtain" euthanasia "remains unchanged, by talking with the patient at reasonably spaced intervals given the progress of the patient’s condition" in a massive 40% of cases euthanasia was performed less than 10 days after a request was first made

Only 11% of people euthanased had a prognosis of less than 2 weeks to live.

If the remaining cases involved an imminent loss of capacity this raises real questions about the validity of the original request. If a person is assessed on the verge of losing capacity what degree of certainty can there be that the person currently has full capacity?

The report notes that there is a tendency is to refer applications for euthanasia to certain family physicians who consent to administer euthanasia to people even if they do not know them. These doctors administer a large number of euthanasia cases each year, with 43 doctors performing euthanasia on 10 or more people each in the reporting period (April 2018 to March 2019).

In two cases the doctor only met the person for the first time when they arrived to administer a lethal injection. How could these doctors possibly establish an enduring request for euthanasia?

Read more on euthanasia in Canada here.

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  • Lynda Mackie
    commented 2019-11-12 10:05:58 +1100
    I am a “older” Canadian of 75yrs. and I am appalled at the current condition of Canada! I do not wear a tinfoil hat BUT am convinced that Euthanasia is just one more attempt at population control! I am not afraid of dying because I know my Saviour lives and because of that I know I will live in a better place someday. So my concern is not for myself but ….. even at that, it is being suggested as a new law, that once you reach a certain age, i.e. over 70, the Physician should have the right to determine if you DESERVE medical treatment. If he thinks “over 70” is too old and deems it to be so…… you could be the next corpse on the slab. I worry for our children/grandchildren and the screwed up world we are foisting on them! This outlandish topic is just the tip of the iceberg here in Canada and no one really knows what to do. In fact, illegal immigrants over the last year or so, were almost immediately given “voting” status and ….. surprise, surprise.. with the last election (Oct. 2019) SOMEHOW, the traitor that was our Prime Minister has just been re-elected!!!! God help us all! Please keep on keeping Australia sane! I applaud your integrity and your common sense.
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