We know that end-of-life care and medical assistance in dying (formerly known as physician-assisted death) are important, sensitive, and emotional issues for Albertans and Canada.
AHS wants to ensure patients can access compassionate high quality care, while ensuring staff and physicians can provide services within the law.
On April 14, 2016 the Government of Canada introduced a bill to amend the Criminal Code to allow “medical assistance in dying” (read the bill here). While the bill is not yet law, it identifies the intent of the Federal Government in relation to the approach to medical assistance in dying. AHS will adopt this terminology as we move forward.
AHS is working closely in partnership with the Government of Alberta to provide perspective on development of a policy in response to proposed federal legislative changes. More information is available on the Alberta Health website.