Month: January 2020

Bill to Allow Physician-Assisted Suicide Sparks Discourse

  Opponents of assisted suicide held a press conference Wednesday to reject legislation allowing patients with terminal conditions to request a life-ending substance from a physician… “Suicide is incredibly sad,” said Dr. Mary Lopez during the press event held at the Pocahontas Building. “As a nation, we do not want to see our people killing …

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Edmonton woman makes national appeal for people with disabilities

  Dr. Heidi Janz makes regular trips from her southside condo, past the lot where she grew up, and then onto Gateway Boulevard, turning west to enter the Edmonton International Airport. As a playwright and award-winning filmmaker, her travel resume is not only impressive, but forms the basis for entertaining and, more significantly, often profoundly …

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Control over timing, manner of death is not, nor should it be, goal of medicine

  As a palliative care physician helping patients and families face the end of life on a daily basis, I know that physician-assisted suicide will not help the majority who are fighting against all odds, to live “as well as they can for as long as they can.” …Much of the public is fearful of …

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Assisted Suicide is Not Palliative Care

Due to ongoing confusion amongst the general public regarding Hospice Palliative Care (HPC) and Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD), the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) and the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians (CSPCP) would like to clarify the relationship of hospice palliative care and MAiD. Healthcare articles and the general media continue to …

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Belgium euthanasia: Three doctors accused in unprecedented trial

  In an unprecedented case, three Belgian doctors are going on trial in Ghent accused of unlawfully poisoning a patient whose life they helped to end. Tine Nys, 38, died surrounded by her family on 27 April 2010. Her sisters argue that her death should never have been allowed under Belgium’s euthanasia law, and that …

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Group plans to appeal Mass. judge’s decision that rejected a right to assisted suicide

  An advocacy group pushing to legalize medically-assisted suicide in Massachusetts said Monday that it will appeal a recent court decision, which said patients do not have a right to end their lives with the help of their doctors… Second Thoughts Massachusetts, a group that opposes medical aid in dying, praised the judge’s decision. That …

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Massachusetts Court Dismisses Bulk of Lawsuit that Argues Assisted Suicide is Not Manslaughter

  Kligler, a retired internist who has terminal prostate cancer, and Steinbach, who treats terminally ill patients, are plaintiffs in the case filed in 2016 against state Attorney General Maura Healey and Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe. They sought to have Suffolk Superior Court in Boston declare that physician-assisted suicide is not manslaughter. …

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Medicare Advantage Plans Offering Palliative Care Quadrupled for 2020 but Hard to Find Sufficient Number of Providers

  A rising number of Medicare Advantage plans are offering home-based palliative care as a supplemental benefit. This year, 61 plans offer a palliative care benefit compared to 15 during 2019, a new Duke University report indicates. Hospices provide about 50% of home-based palliative care in the United States according to the Center to Advance …

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