Doctors call for better end-of-life care, not euthanasia

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(QMI AGENCY)

Hospice. (QMI AGENCY)

Daniel Proussalidis, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 12:43 AM ET

OTTAWA — There's an urgent need for more and better palliative care right across the country, says the Canadian Medical Association (CMA).

The group issued results Tuesday from a national consultation on end-of-life care.

"If you were to stop and ask Canadians the one thing they are afraid of is dying alone, dying in pain and being a burden," CMA President Louis Francescutti said. "Palliative care goes an enormous long way to address all of those three issues."

Francescutti says 70% of Canadians don't have access to palliative care.

"We've got to focus on delivering better access to care, and especially better access to palliative care at the end of the day," he said, calling for a national palliative care strategy.

The CMA report concludes Canadians want to have some control over the end of their lives, but remain very divided on euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide.


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