Report provides updated data on medical assistance in dying in Canada
OTTAWA, April 25, 2019 /CNW/ - The release of information on medical assistance in dying helps Canadians understand how the legislation is being implemented across the country. The federal government recognizes that public reporting in this area is critical to ensuring transparency and fostering public trust in the legislation.
Today, the Government of Canada released the Fourth Interim Report on Medical Assistance in Dying. Based on available data, there were at least 2,614 medically assisted deaths in Canada between January 1 and October 31, 2018. Medically assisted deaths accounted for approximately 1.12% of all deaths in Canada during this period, which remains consistent with the results in other international assisted-dying regimes. Of these deaths, cancer was the most frequently cited underlying medical condition, accounting for approximately 64% of all medically assisted deaths.
This will be the last interim report now that federal regulations to support the collection of consistent information on medical assistance in dying across Canada have come into force. The data collected under the new federal monitoring system will provide a more complete picture of who is requesting and who is receiving medical assistance in dying?data that will inform ongoing discussions among Canadians. It is anticipated that the first annual federal report using data collected by the new monitoring system will be published in spring 2020.
"I would like to thank the provinces and territories for their collaboration in producing this series of interim reports on medical assistance in dying in Canada. The Government recognizes that monitoring and reporting are critical to ensuring transparency and trust in the legislation. That is why I am pleased that we will be able to provide Canadians with more robust annual reports."
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor
Minister of Health
SOURCE Health Canada
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