AT LEAST 374 ASSISTED DEATHS IN CANADA SINCE LEGALIZATION

Oct 07, 2016

By Jane Brown

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At least 374 people in Canada have received help from physicians to end their lives since the practice first became legal in Quebec 10 months ago.

The survey, published in the Globe and Mail, is is the most comprehensive study yet of how often the new end of life law is being used across the country.

The vast majority of doctor assisted deaths (96 percent) have taken place in four provinces; Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec.

But what is not known is how many people have been refused assistance to die, the medical conditions prompting such requests, those who have made requests but changed their minds and the number of people who have died before the request could be granted.

Health Canada researchers say they are working with the provinces and territories to identify what data would be collected and how, before developing reporting regulations.

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