Dying With Dignity Canada has created two new resources to help you Voice Your Choice for a patient-centred approach to end-of-life care in Canada.
Right now, Health Canada is conducting a national consultation on palliative care. The feedback that Canadians provide will help the government create a national framework for end-of-life care in this country. This is an incredible opportunity to improve access to a full range of end-of-life choices for all Canadians.
Why it matters
At Dying With Dignity Canada, we believe that Canadians have a right to high-quality palliative care, and we will champion more and better palliative care in our official submission to Health Canada. In addition, we are very concerned that opponents of medical assistance in dying (MAID) are trying to use this consultation to undermine our movement’s efforts to defend your right to an assisted death. They argue that MAID and palliative care are in conflict, or that speaking out for the right to MAID means turning a blind eye to palliative care.
This is a false choice. We know that palliative care and assisted dying are two essential options on a spectrum of care at end of life. Championing one doesn’t mean opposing the other. Canadians want, and deserve, fair access to both.