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Ontario passes the Medical Assistance in Dying Statute Law Amendment Act

On Tuesday, May 9, 2017, Ontario passed legislation that will support the implementation of medical assistance in dying in accordance to the federal legislation, which came into force in June 2016 and sets out the parameters for how medical assistance in dying can be provided.

The Medical Assistance in Dying Statute Law Amendment Act will ensure:

  • Benefits, such as insurance payments and workplace safety and insurance benefits, are not denied only because of a medically assisted death
  • Physicians and nurse practitioners, those who assist them, and care provider institutions, are protected from civil liability when lawfully providing medical assistance in dying, except in cases of negligence
  • Identifiable information about individuals and facilities that provide medical assistance in dying are protected from disclosure under access to information requests
  • Effective ongoing reporting and monitoring by the Chief Coroner of Ontario for cases of medical assistance in dying.
  • The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will also be establishing a care coordination service to assist patients and caregivers in accessing additional information and services for medical assistance in dying and other end-of-life options.

For more information click HERE.



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