Medical Assistance in Dying
In June 2016, the Canadian government passed Bill C-14, which gives dying patients, who are suffering intolerably from a serious medical condition, the choice of medical assistance in dying (MAID).
Medical assistance in dying is the administering by a physician or nurse practitioner of a substance to a person, at their request, that causes their death.
The Mississauga Halton LHIN supports patient choice in end-of-life decisions and options, including the choice to receive medical assistance in dying.
To eligible for medical assistance in dying, patients must:
- Be eligible for publicly funded health care services in Canada
- Be 18 years or older
- Be capable of making decisions with respect to their health
- Have a grievous and irremediable medical condition
- Make the request voluntarily (not due to external pressure)
- Provide informed consent to receive medical assistance in dying, after having been informed of alternate care options that are available to alleviate their suffering (such as palliative care)
Medical Assistance in Dying in the Mississauga Halton LHIN
As a leader in the development and implementation of seamless health care systems in our region, the Mississauga Halton LHIN is committed to ensuring that all patients, including those suffering from serious illnesses and patients at the end-of-life, have access to high-quality, equitable health care.
To support patients, caregivers and physicians, the Mississauga Halton LHIN, Home and Community Care, will:
- Provide information and education regarding medical assistance in dying
- Accept patients for the sole purpose of medical assistance in dying
- Coordinate the provision of medical assistance in dying by securing medical assistance in dying assessors/providers and providing services based on need, including, but not limited to: nursing services, supplies and medication and bereavement support
If you would like to obtain additional information regarding medical assistance in dying, please contact:
- Your physician or nurse practitioner
- The Mississauga Halton LHIN at 905-855-9090
- The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care MAID Care Coordination Service at 1-866-286-4023 or TTY: 1-844-953-3350
For more information, visit the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s MAID webpage.
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