Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jul 30, 2020 / 14:00 pm
The number of Canadians killed by physician-assisted suicide nearly doubled between 2017 and 2019, according to a report released by the Canadian government. More than a third of those who opted for "medical assistance in dying" cited concerns of being a burden to family or carers.
The "First Annual Report on Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada 2019" was published in July. It follows a series of interim reports that were published over the last year.
In 2019, a total of 5,631 Canadians ended their lives through the country's "Medical Assistance in Dying," or "MAID" protocols. This amounts for 2% of the total deaths in Canada, an increase from 2018's percentage. In 2018, the number of MAID deaths accounted for 1.12% of the total number of deaths in Canada.
The report found that cancer was the most common condition among those who ended their lives with MAID, followed by respiratory conditions and neurological ailments. Slightly over two thirds of those who used MAID had cancer as an underlying condition.