At least 66 people in the province have chosen to end their lives with the help of a doctor since legislation came into force this summer.
But some doctors are having trouble finding witnesses to sign paperwork and struggling to balance a patient’s pain while keeping them aware enough to consent the moment before their death.
Dr. Jeff Blackmer, spokesperson for the Canadian Medical Association says those are just some of the concerns doctors have mentioned.
“Some of the patients will say, ‘I’m not really suffering that much right now but I know that I will and I would like assisted dying in one, two, or three months. I want to go through the assisted dying process now.’ And the providers are sort of stuck in this situation.”
Blackmer says the onus is on the province to work around grey areas.
“[Doctors] can’t really sort of say ‘yes today, we will qualify you and then we can go ahead with it in three months.’ They really have to say ‘look we have to wait and see how things evolve in the next few weeks and months to see if you qualify at that point.'”
He says Health Canada is not tracking issues on a national level at the moment.
About 200 people across the country have taken advantage of doctor assisted dying since June.