Access to assisted dying program expanding. Is that really wise?

MK Disability Lawyers partner Leanne Goldstein was honoured to be featured in a recent article by Legal Matters. Please see an excerpt reprinted below, and visit the Legal Matters website to read the full article.

With some people considering medical assistance in dying (MAiD) because of the financial burdens of living with a physical or mental disability, Toronto and Markham-area long term disability lawyer Leanne Goldstein says governments have an obligation to provide more support in an effort to prevent unnecessary suffering and death.

Goldstein, a partner at MK Disability Lawyers, says the federal government will potentially open up MAiD to those with mental illness in 2023. Meanwhile, she says she recently came across a news report of a woman suffering from long COVID who has begun the process of applying for the program in what is described as “exclusively a financial consideration.”

“It is tragic that certain people struggling with debilitating physical and/or mental issues are resorting to MAiD because they are unable to access financial or medical support. They are living in poverty and feel they have no other option,” Goldstein tells LegalMattersCanada.ca. “Whether it is a lack of support financially for people, or in cases such as long COVID where they believe there is no medical support for their condition, they are choosing to pursue MAiD. 

‘Government needs to focus more on the medical, financial support’

To read the full article, please click here.

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