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On June 17, 2016, the Federal government introduced legislation that allows eligible adults to request medical assistance in dying (MAID).
In Canada, there are two types of medical assistance in dying, where a physician or nurse practitioner:
Medical assistance in dying can be legally provided by licensed physicians and nurse practitioners, at the direction of an adult who meets all the criteria.
Under federal legislation, an individual must meet all of the following criteria to be considered eligible for medical assistance in dying.
People with mental health conditions as the only underlying medical condition, and mature minors, are not eligible under the legislation. Also, advance care directives cannot be used as authority to provide medical assistance in dying. Proxies or substitute decision-makers cannot consent for medical assistance in dying on behalf of a person who lacks capacity to make healthcare decisions.
Individuals interested in medical assistance in dying can approach their physician or nurse practitioner to inquire about whether they qualify. All individuals must provide informed, written and voluntary consent to termination of life. Informed consent means that an individual understands the nature, benefits, risks, alternatives and consequences of a healthcare decision. It also means the individual has had all of their questions sufficiently answered.
The Saskatchewan Health Authority is committed to assist individuals in exercising their right to self-determination and to ensure that they have equitable access to medical assistance in dying. Not all physicians and nurse practitioners will provide medical assistance in dying. If individuals who wish to access medical assistance in dying are receiving care in a faith-based hospital or long-term care home, a transfer to another location may be necessary.
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