Accessing MAID in Saskatchewan
To access the provincial Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) program:
1. Connecting with the MAID Team
- Anyone can refer to the program including patients, families or health-care providers from any discipline.
- The program can be contacted by calling HealthLine 811 and select option 5. You may also call toll free by dialing 1-833-473-6243 (MAID).
2. Initial Contact
- Anyone can call on behalf of the patient and receive information. The MAID team will need to speak with the patient directly to confirm their interest in MAID.
- A MAID team member will briefly review with the patient their medical history.
- A Frequently Asked Questions information sheet will be provided to you.
3. Written Request
- Patients are required to complete a written request by law.
- Instructions as well as the written request will be provided by a team member after an information session.
- Please view the Instructions for Written Request.
4. Review of Medical History
- The MAID team will access and review medical records from the patient’s primary health-care team as well as relevant specialists, diagnostic imaging and lab results for assessment purposes.
5. Independent Assessments
- Federal legislation requires two independent assessments for eligibility. This is completed by a physician or nurse practitioner.
- The program will arrange assessments, which may occur in person or virtually in someone’s home or in a facility.
- The “Written Request” does not need to be completed prior to assessments.
- It can take days, weeks or months to organize assessments and determine eligibility dependent on patient specific circumstances.
- It may be necessary as part of the assessments for the patient to be reviewed by other health care professionals.
6. Wait Period
- Once a patient with a foreseeable death has been deemed eligible from both assessments; there is no minimum day wait period.
- For patients with a Non-foreseeable death there must be a minimum of 90 clear days from the date of the first assessment that deems a person eligible.
- Once a patient is deemed eligible they decide if and when they want to set a date for MAID provision.
7. MAID Provision
- If the patient decides to proceed with a medically assisted death, the patient and MAID team will determine a date, time and location - home or health care facility
- Please note: this process may differ for patients who are located in a facility that has identified as a conscientious objector.
- The patient and family will need to identify a funeral home who will accept care of the patient upon their death.
- At the time MAID is administered, the patient must have the capacity to provide consent unless an “Advanced Consent Arrangement” has been established for a patient who has a foreseeable death.
- There is no “Advanced Consent Arrangement” for patients with a non-foreseeable death.
- Advanced Consent Arrangements will need to be discussed with the MAID team.
- A patient can change their mind at any time. This is a voluntary request.
- The MAID team will start an intravenous to administer the medication; after death has occurred the Medical Certificate of Death will be completed. Currently in Saskatchewan there is no oral consumption option for MAID.