Ontario names expert panel on doctor-assisted suicide AKA Health Care Savings Committee

TORONTO – Ontario has moved closer to the possibility of physician-assisted suicide with the creation of an expert panel to lay out the rules.

Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins announced the panel will be chaired by Dr. Jennifer Gibson, of the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics, and by Maureen Taylor, a medical journalist and widow of Dr. Donald Low who made a passionate plea for physician-assisted suicide just before his death in 2013 from a brain tumour.

The Supreme Court struck down a ban on the practice last February, and gave the provincial and federal governments one year to come up with their response.

  • Alain

    This is NOT health care and in fact is the complete opposite of health care, much the same as abortion. While health care is a provincial responsibility assisted murder/killing is federal jurisdiction. Let this incompetent and deranged premier be the first “patient” of what she and her amoral government are promoting.

    • moraywatson

      Exactly. A country with a “universal” health care system, that denies unfettered private practice by doctors and hospitals, has NO BUSINESS being anywhere near the subject of doctor-assisted suicide. It is a serious conflict of interest.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        There’s already doctor mandated death in the system.
        If you smoke, be prepared to have care withdrawn due to doctor’s prejudice.

        • Doug Kursk

          My father was denied health care by his doc because of this.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            And in the States, if he’d had the means he could have found another doctor.

    • Wynne should be first to stroll down the Death Path she devises.

  • BillyHW

    Michael Coren is extremely disappointed he hasn’t been put on this death panel.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Andrew Coyne needs to pay his mortgage, too.
      On the other hand, Andrew Coyne needs to pay his mortgage, too.
      See that?
      That’s how Coyne writes about everything he has ever written.
      Except, when he’s endorsing the Liberal party in a federal election because the Conservatives are so mean.

      • David Murrell

        Andrew Coyne is endorsing the Liberals since there is more money for him to do so.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Is he endorsing them again?
          His word carried so much weight last time.

  • Frances

    What is needed is a good palliative care system as well as support for families who are on the journey with the elderly and the terminally ill. The Conservatives have tried to do something to ease the financial stress for a family when time off work has to be taken in these circumstances.

    Also, there needs to be a consensus as to when going full on with maximum medical intervention is wrong, and the patient should just be allowed to slip away quietly, with pain meds as needed.

  • Doug Kursk

    While I personally think that killing yourself is a decision best left between you and your God, isn’t it also plainly self evident that you do not need any government body to make that decision for you? Or do it to you?

    • M

      The State is becoming God, for many, who seem to want it to provide for their every need, from cradle to grave. Looked at in this way, demanding that Big Brother be responsible for ending one’s existence seems consistent.

  • simus1

    From doctor assisted to doctor directed is a very short step in getting “greater efficiency in the system”. Especially if ordinary old white people of no consequence are the chief “beneficiaries”.

  • David Murrell

    Fur that has to be the best pic of Kim Dong Wynne this yesr.