Over 450 Quebec patients received MAID last year

The Quebec fleur-de-lis flag flutters over the Parliament buildings in Ottawa Thursday Dec 16, 1999 as the House of Commons prepares to adjourn for the last time in the 1900s. When  parliament reconvenes in 2000, the debate over the Quebec constitutional problem will most likely be front and centre. (CP PHOTO/Tom Hanson)

Over 450 Quebec patients received MAID last year

A total of 461 patients were granted doctor-assisted death during the first year of Quebec’s medical aid in dying law, according to data obtained by CBC’s French-language service, Radio-Canada. According to Dr. Alain Naud, the data indicates medical aid in dying is meeting a societal need, and the process is “increasingly known to the population and caregivers.” Quebec’s law, which is narrower than the recently passed federal version, requires that applicants “be at the end of life.”

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