The Canadian Medical Association has come up with some idea on what the assisted suicide process could look like.
This, as the federal government prepares to introduce a law that makes physician-assisted dying legal, by February 2016.
On that deadline, the ban against assisted suicide will no longer be effect, as ruled by the Supreme Court of Canada.
And the worry is that if the provinces will come up with rules of their own, they’ll all be different.
The CMA has put out a draft to its 80,000 members, proposing a framework for physicians.
It recommends receiving two oral requests from a patient — the first with a 15-day waiting period, the second a seven-day period — both to be followed up with a written request.
The goal is to ensure patients know what they’re signing up for.
The association also suggests physicians be guided by their conscience — similar to how they deal with abortion.
The Canadian Medical Forum, made up of 10 medical associations (including the CMA and the College of Family Physicians of Canada), is currently asking to meet with ministers of health and justice to persuade them to introduce legislation by February.
You can check out the CMA’s draft principles here.