Recent MY Canada National Updates On This Topic:
In May 2016, MP for Sarnia-Lambton Marilyn Gladu introduced her private members’ bill C-277, “an act providing for the development of a framework on palliative care in Canada,” which calls on the ministry of health to work with palliative care professionals and provincial leaders in health to implement nation-wide palliative care standards. Especially now that assisted suicide is legal in Canada, Canadians deserve real choice and the option of choosing life when it comes to end-of-life care.
On June 1st, Gladu announced that the bill received unanimous support in the House of Commons and would move to the Senate for voting and debate.
Current Palliative Care Facts:
- There are only 200 hospices in Canada.
- Only 16-30% of Canadians who die currently have access to or receive hospice palliative and end-of-life care services.
- Support for hospice palliative care is almost unanimous, with the vast majority of Canadians (96%) being supportive, including 66% who are very supportive.
- Almost 70% of Canadian deaths occur in a hospital.
- Hospice palliative care programs allow patients to gain more control over their lives, manage pain and symptoms more effectively, and provides support to family caregivers.
- The cost of dying in Canada ranges from as low as $10,000 for a sudden death to between $30,000 and $40,000 for someone with a terminal disease. It is estimated that, compared to usual acute care, hospital-based hospice palliative care may save the health care system approximately $7,000 to $8,000 per patient.
(Facts quoted from the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association)
Bill C-277 Would:
- Provide a definition for palliative care,
- Identify the training needed for palliative care professionals,
- Ensure consistent access to palliative care in Canada
- Consider amending the Canada Health Act to include palliative care as a guaranteed healthcare option
- Outline periodical report releases from the Minister of Health, highlighting any concerns or recommendations.
What You Can Do:
Please pray that the Senate would unanimously support Bill C-277 and that Canada would adopt a national palliative care strategy offering Canadians true choice regarding end of life care. Please pray for a healing and hope revival so that Canadians would be healed and that those facing end-of-life would choose life rather than assisted suicide.