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‘Darker Side’: Canada’s Euthanasia Laws a Threat to Disabled, Experts Say

By Maria Cheng The Associated Press
Posted August 11, 2022

Alan Nichols had a history of depression and other medical issues, but none were life-threatening. When the 61-year-old Canadian was hospitalized in June 2019 over fears he might be suicidal, he asked his brother to bust him out as soon as possible.

Within a month, Nichols submitted a request to be euthanized and he was killed, despite concerns raised by his family and a nurse practitioner.

His application for euthanasia listed only one health condition as the reason for his request to die: hearing loss.

Press Release: Young Man with Developmental Disabilities Denied Care from Community Living BC

JUNE 13, 2022
BY DABC

“They are- just hoping that he takes care of the problem through overdosing or killing himself” – RB’s mother

Community Living BC (CLBC) is a government agency with a mandate to support people with developmental disabilities with housing, social connection, professional
and social development, and other forms of support. Through CLBC, people with developmental disabilities can access care and support in the community,
and avoid unnecessary hospitalizations, periods of houselessness, and disenfranchisement.

‘Outraged and Distraught’: Reaction to Disabled B.C. Woman’s Approval for Medically-Assisted Death

Penny Daflos
CTV News Vancouver Multi-Media Journalist
Published June 8, 2022

A B.C. woman speaking out about “death care” being easier to access than adequate health care is sending shockwaves throughout the country, with disabled advocates, doctors and observers holding up her experience as a potent example of the slippery slope of expanded dying with dignity legislation.

The topic of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) is in the spotlight and many experts, patients and advocates have testified at a special committee that the elderly, chronically ill and disabled are at risk of feeling pressured or cornered into choosing to die under expanded legislation – which is exactly what “Kat” described.

NP View: The Truly Awful Cost of Canada’s Permissive Doctor-Assisted Death Program

Author of the article:National Post View
Publishing date:May 08, 2022

It has been quite remarkable to watch: In less than a decade, Canadas medical assistance in dying (MAID) program has expanded from a system limited solely to those with terminal illnesses, to one that is now used by people who lack adequate housing. And it will soon be available to those with mental illnesses, such as depression, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Parliament should put the brakes on this runaway sled, and fix the current system.

Disabled Women in Quebec Still Struggling With Mammogram Access: Advocates

By Felicia Parrillo Global News
Posted May 4, 2022

A community group advocating for people with disabilities says some women are being denied access to mammograms because of their disabilities.

Its been an issue for nearly a decade, says RAPLIQ (Regroupement des activisites pour linclusion Qu├ębec).

We have breasts too, like women without disabilities, said Linda Gauthier, RAPLIQ president. So its humiliating when they are telling us no. Its like we have no access to health care.

The group said that in October it called 94 private clinics and hospitals across the province, designated to do screenings and 46 per cent of them refused to serve the woman if she had a disability.

BRAUN: With Bill C-7, Help for the Dying Becomes Assisted Suicide

Author of the article:Liz Braun
Publishing date:Apr 06, 2022

While you were busy avoiding the pandemic, a very huge can of worms called Bill C-7 was opened in Canada.

This bill allows Canada to expand doctor-assisted death to the chronically ill and eventually, the mentally ill.

Prior to this, MAiD – medical aid in dying – was available to the suffering whose death was already looming: a terminal cancer patient, for example, or someone with Lou Gehrig’s disease. A natural death was “reasonably foreseeable.”

That phrase no longer applies.

To have medical assistance in dying today, you need to be 18 or over and capable of giving informed consent.

Mental Health System ‘Fails’ Young Advocate Trying to Make It Better: Family

By Calvi Leon, Local Journalism Initiative ReporterLondon Free Press Wed., March 16, 2022

Kristin Legault-Donkers, who pushed tirelessly to help others with mental health issues, is being remembered as a fighter who struggled with mental illness herself.

The St. Thomas woman died last Friday, choosing, as her obituary said, “to end her life after a courageous and publicly hard-fought battle with her mental illness.”

She was 25.

“She wanted to make a difference, which is what she did,” Joanne Donkers, her grandmother with whom she’d lived since she was 10, said Wednesday.

“She wanted to make a change in the mental health system. That was her goal,” Donkers said.

People With Disabilities Left Behind by Telemedicine and Other Pandemic Medical Innovations

By Lauren Weber, Kaiser Health News
Published hu March 10, 2022

Lise Hamlin has hearing loss and was enraged when she found out her telemedicine appointments would not have captions.

Divya Goel, a 35-year-old deaf-blind woman in Orlando, Florida, has had two telemedicine doctors’ appointments during the pandemic. Each time, she was denied an interpreter.

Her doctors told her she would have to get insurance to pay for an interpreter, which is incorrect: Under federal law, it is the physician’s responsibility to provide one.
Goel’s mother stepped in to interpret instead. But her signing is limited, so Goel, who has only some vision, is not sure her mother fully conveyed what the doctors said. Goel worries about the medical ramifications – a wrong medicine or treatment – if something got lost in translation.

Covid Long-Haulers Face Grueling Fights for Disability Benefits

By Christopher Rowland
March 8, 2022

Ever since getting covid in 2020, Laurie Bedell has remained in a state of physical exhaustion.

Deepa Singh, 30, of Louisville, has been seriously ill for two years, racked with extreme fatigue, racing heartbeat and memory problems from long covid that she says prevent her from working. Adding to her distress, she says, has been a grueling – and so far unsuccessful – battle for disability payments.

Singh, who worked as a project manager for a Fortune 100 company, is among a cohort of long covid patients who have been denied disability benefits, either by private insurance companies, which operate benefit plans offered by employers, or by the Social Security Administration, which manages government disability benefits.

Doctors Know Little About Their Obligations To People With Disabilities, Study Finds

by Michelle Diament | January 11, 2022

Three decades after the Americans with Disabilities Act took effect, new research finds that many physicians remain unaware of their obligations under the law when caring for people with disabilities.

More than a third of doctors surveyed had little or no knowledge about their legal requirements under the ADA and 71% did not know who determines reasonable accommodations.

The findings come from a survey of 714 doctors in outpatient practices across the nation that was published this month in the journal Health Affairs.