Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada – Official Federal Report

Health Canada has released its fourth and final federal interim report on Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada. This report covers January 1, 2018 to October 31, 2018, which is the period just prior to the new (more robust) reporting regime under federal Regulations for the Monitoring of Medical Assistance in Dying. There were 6,749 medically assisted deaths in Canada since legislative enactment (between December 10, 2015 and October 31, 2018). MAID now accounts for approximately 1.12% of total deaths in Canada. Notably, this is substantially higher than any U.S. jurisdiction where rates are less than one-half of one percent (< 0.5%).

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