Daily Poll: Should faith-based hospitals that receive government funding be required to provide assisted dying? (St. Paul's Hospital)
The debate over whether faith-based hospitals that are tax-payer funded should be allowed to opt out of assisted dying practices has been reignited. According to a Canadian Press report, a man being transferred last spring from St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver was at risk of losing his capacity to consent to an assisted death. The man requested assistance on a Saturday but the paperwork was not filled out until four days later. According to the report, when the man arrived at Vancouver General Hospital there was no bed available. Providence has since established new transfer guidelines, but the advocacy group Dying with Dignity Canada argues it is unacceptable for institutions to refuse to provide a basic and essential health care service, particularly those that receive government funding.
Do you think faith-based health institutions that receive government funding should be required to provide assisted dying to patients who request the practice?
(Results as of Jan. 12, 2 p.m.)
Tiffany Crawford reports
Ken, cardiac patient