Who qualifies for MAID in Canada? Federal government considers pausing expansion – CTV

Dec. 15, 2023

OTTAWA – The federal government is considering whether to pause its original plan to broaden the rules that govern medically assisted dying so they include patients whose only underlying condition is a mental disorder.
“We’re weighing our options,” Justice Minister Arif Virani said Thursday.

It would be the second time the federal Liberals have hit pause on the plan. The first came in February, when the government decided to impose a one-year delay amid widespread public and political concern.

That decision established a new deadline of March 2024 – one that now appears in jeopardy. Cabinet will consider the input of a joint parliamentary committee, as well as medical experts and other stakeholders, Virani said.

“We’ll evaluate all of that comprehensively to make a decision whether we move ahead on March 17, or whether we pause,” he told The Canadian Press in a wide-ranging interview.

Read more: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/who-qualifies-for-maid-in-canada-federal-government-considers-pausing-expansion-1.6688608

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