Canadian hospitals and healthcare organizations are committed to ensuring that patients receive quality end-of-life care, and that treatment wishes are respected. HealthCareCAN recognizes the importance of providing resources (including any standardized policies and procedures) that support a coordinated and consistent approach across the country. Clear parameters are needed around the physician-dying process. We also recognize that there may be challenges for selected hospitals and healthcare organizations with respect to the provision of physician-assisted dying services, as there may be religious, or conscientious objections to participation. Consideration needs to be given to implications that might emerge from a scenario where federal law is silent.
We are working closely with the Ontario Hospital Association, as well as other members and national associations including the Canadian Medical Association, and the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists. In 2016, HealthCareCAN initiated a consultation process on this issue, as we expected to be asked for our position by the federal government.