There is growing confusion concerning end-of-life issues: what is palliative care, what can families expect if they ask for palliative care versus medical-aid-in-dying, and what is the difference?
Attention: Palliative care is NOT medical-aid-in-dying (MAID/MAD).
The deVeber Institute recently hosted our summer symposium entitled "Medical Ethics in an Age of Reproductive Decisions and Medical Aid in Dying". The event was a great success and over 115 people attended. The day was filled with thoughtful discussion and thorough presentations of new emerging research.
We had a total of four guest speakers as well as five student presentations from our summer interns.
Our first presenter was Dr. Kathy Pfaff. Her presentation was entitled Medical Aid in Dying: A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing. She spoke about the fundamental definition of dignity and compassion, the clinical improvements experienced from palliative care and medical ethics in light of Bill C-14.
The federal and provincial government need to provide access to adequate palliative care in legislation.
"In its findings, the society said critically ill patients are falling through the cracks of the health care system and improvements are needed to address the patchwork of service that exists."
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On Sunday November 1st, 2015 the deVeber Institute hosted its annual public lecture. Our key-note speaker Dr. Will Johnston spoke on "Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Euthanasia". The Institute also launched the new book It's Not That Simple: Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide Today.