Medical Assistance in Dying
Patients and their families have many decisions to make when faced with end-of-life care or intolerable suffering. It’s important for British Columbians to know and understand all the health care options available to them.
Legislation governing Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) was passed by the Federal Parliament on June 17, 2016. This means medical assistance in dying is now legal in Canada when provided to patients eligible under the law.
Under the new law, doctors may provide medical assistance in dying to capable, consenting adults who have a grievous and irremediable medical condition that causes enduring, intolerable suffering and who are at a point where natural death is reasonably foreseeable.
British Columbians seeking medical assistance in dying should speak with their physician or other primary care provider or their local health authority. For detailed information go to these websites: Island Health (previously known as VIHA) and the Federal Government.
Patients may contact Island Health’s MAiD program directly for assistance in accessing MAiD:
- Greater Victoria phone: 250-727-4382
- Toll Free: 1-877-370-8699
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Comox Valley Participating Clinicians
Clinicians with MAiD experience and specialist knowledge in the Comox Valley are:
- Dr. Tanja Daws, Courtenay Medical Clinic
- Dr. Jonathan Reggler, Courtenay Medical Associates
- Dr. Marie-clare Hopwood
- Dr. Samantha McRae, ValleyCare Medical Clinic
- Dr. Carolyne Montgomery