‘What is it with these doctors?’ Medical regulators playing God on euthanasia rules, ethicists warn
From the NationalPost.com
Alberta’s medical regulator says it’s a doctor’s role to help determine whether assisted death is in a person’s “best interests.” Quebec says suffering, fundamentally, is what the patient says it is. Manitoba wants psychiatric assessments of most anyone who isn’t terminal.
As the provinces wrestle with who decides when a patient is ready to depart this world, ethicists say the regulators are playing God.
It’s not a role any of them want. But with legalized assisted suicide and euthanasia looming early next year, the medical colleges are scrambling to draft rules for doctor-prescribed death.
With their historic win last week, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals also inherited one of the most significant social changes to confront a nation. The prime-minister elect is on record for supporting laws that would align with the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling in February granting mentally competent adults suffering “grievous and irremediable” conditions the right to ask a doctor to help them die.
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