Despite claims by American liberals that universal health care is affordable, Canada is now expanding euthanasia to put the mentally ill to death as a means of controlling costs.
“Euthanasia became a legal option for Canadians 18 years and older in 2016, who had to prove suffering from severe pain and have a reasonably foreseeable death, as well as two doctors signing off on the decision,” the Daily Caller reports.
But government health care can only stay afloat by rationing access – or cutting it off altogether – so resources can be focused on younger residents more likely to vote.
That means Canada has now added those with serious physical or mental illnesses that are not life-threatening to its death panel lists.
“Now, any adult with a serious disease or a mental health reason can seek euthanasia, according to the AP. The policy is also creeping forward to encompass the mentally ill, poor, and soon children, with some experts saying the law is going too far.”
Euthanasia is now Canada’s sixth-leading cause of death, with many opting to die in the face of unaffordable care under the nation’s government-run system.
“Sean Tagert, a 41-year-old man suffering from ALS, opted for euthanasia in 2019 in part because he couldn’t keep up with high costs to allow him to continue living at home with caretakers, according to AP,” the Daily Caller reports. “Roger Foley, a man hospitalized in Ontario with a degenerative brain disease, was told by one staffer that it would cost $1,500 per day to keep him alive in the hospital before mentioning euthanasia, the outlet reported.”
More than 10,000 Canadians have been euthanized in the latest year for which data are available, the Associated Press reports.
Even many liberals are disturbed, with leftist journalist Matthew Yglesias tweeting, “Canadian institutions seem to be using euthanasia legalization to avoid the expense of caring for the disabled. Extremely disturbing stuff here.”
Canadian institutions seem to be using euthanasia legalization to avoid the expense of caring for the disabled. Extremely disturbing stuff here. https://t.co/MB3lr6Ckr3
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) August 12, 2022
Many are worried that by expanding death panels to include the mentally ill the Canadian government is controlling costs by killing off those without the mental capacity to understand their rights.
The Associated Press reports:
Alan Nichols had a history of depression and other medical issues, but none were life-threatening. When the 61-year-old Canadian was hospitalized in June 2019 over fears he might be suicidal, he asked his brother to “bust him out” as soon as possible.
Within a month, Nichols submitted a request to be euthanized and he was killed, despite concerns raised by his family and a nurse practitioner.
His application for euthanasia listed only one health condition as the reason for his request to die: hearing loss.
Nichols’ family reported the case to police and health authorities, arguing that he lacked the capacity to understand the process and was not suffering unbearably — among the requirements for euthanasia. They say he was not taking needed medication, wasn’t using the cochlear implant that helped him hear, and that hospital staffers improperly helped him request euthanasia.
Even the United Nations is raising concerns, issuing a letter to Canadian officials to express concern the liberal policies are killing those who do not face terminal illness.
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