Canada weighs paying doctors a premium to help patients die

Canada weighs paying doctors a premium to help patients die
Vincent Van Gogh, "Old Man in Sorrow (On the Threshold of Eternity)," 1890.

[Ed. – Not enough doctors are signing up to provide the service, you see.  Even doctors who at one time favored legalizing the practice nevertheless don’t want to participate in it themselves.  The wisest people understand that there is no clean, antiseptic way to do this.  It’s a moral atrocity, and everything it touches will become horrifying.]

Faced with doctors’ growing resistance to assisted suicide, some Canadian advocates are asking, “What if we just pay them more?”

Thirteen months ago, Canada legalized doctor-assisted suicide, or as Canada calls it, “medical assistance in dying.” …

Elderly patients diagnosed with cancer are immediately asked if they wish to be euthanized; “ethicists” strongly urge that the organs of the euthanized not go to waste; and policy proposals to extend the “right to die” to “the mentally ill” are now being advanced. …

An article in the July 12th issue of the Canadian magazine MacLean’s asked “Should doctors be paid a premium (for) assisting deaths?” The author tells us that as “staunch supporters of physician-assisted dying are avoiding taking up the work … advocates of the service worry it will exist in theory only, and not in practice.”

The solution, according to the author, is to pay doctors more.

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