In Canada, medical assistance in dying (MAID) is legal for individuals who meet certain eligibility criteria, including having a "grievous and irremediable medical condition," which is defined as a serious and incurable illness, disease, or disability that causes enduring suffering that is intolerable to the individual and cannot be relieved by means that they consider acceptable.
Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) is a progressive and currently incurable neurodegenerative disease that can cause significant physical and cognitive impairments, as well as emotional and psychological distress. Individuals with PSP who are experiencing intolerable suffering may be eligible for medical assistance in dying if they meet the other eligibility criteria, such as being capable of making the decision and giving informed consent.
It is important to note that medical assistance in dying is a deeply personal decision, and individuals with PSP and their loved ones should discuss their wishes and values regarding end-of-life care with their healthcare providers and make informed decisions that are right for them. Healthcare providers can provide information and support on medical assistance in dying and other end-of-life care options.
The eligibility criteria for MAID in Canada include:
- Being eligible for publicly funded health services in Canada
- Being at least 18 years old and capable of making their own healthcare decisions
- Having a serious and incurable illness, disease or disability
- Being in an advanced state of irreversible decline in capability
- Experiencing intolerable physical or psychological suffering that cannot be relieved in a manner that the individual considers acceptable
- Making a voluntary request for MAID, free from external pressure
If an individual meets these criteria, they can request MAID from a healthcare provider who is authorized to provide the service. The healthcare provider will assess the individual's eligibility for MAID and provide information and support throughout the process.
Each province and territory in Canada has its own process for accessing MAID and resources available to individuals and families. The federal government also provides information and resources on MAID on their website. It is important to discuss options for end-of-life care with healthcare providers and loved ones to make informed decisions that are right for the individual.