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.
Comox Valley Participating Clinicians
Clinicians with MAiD experience and knowledge in the Comox Valley are:
- Dr. Tanja Daws, Courtenay Medical Clinic (Tel: 250-334-2445)
- Dr. Jonathan Reggler, Courtenay Medical Associates (Tel: 250-334-4411)
- Dr. Samantha McRae, ValleyCare Medical Clinic (Tel: 250-331-0500)
Please feel free to call one of these clinicians for advice regarding MAiD or to discuss a possible referral in addition to completing the referral form below.
MAiD Patient Self-Referral Form
USE: For people who wish to apply for Medical Assistance In Dying (MAiD) but whose family physician is unable to make a referral for MAiD. If you have not already discussed End of Life issues with your family physician that you do so before sending this form. This form may also be used by people who do not have a family physician.
To write directly into the Form, download the Word version.