In this episode of Causes or Cures, Dr. Eeks chats with Dr. Madeline Li about Canada's Medical Assistance in Dying Law or MAID. The Parliament of Canada passed MAID in 2016, allowing eligible Canadian adults to request medical assistance in dying. In 2021 the law was revised to allow for more chronic conditions to be included, and now they are in discussions to expand eligibility to those with a diagnosed mental disorder.
Dr. Li is a psychiatrist specializing in cancer and palliative care who also has clinical expertise in applying MAID. She has done eligibility assessments for MAID and helped develop the MAID program for the University Health Network in Toronto, Canada.
In the podcast, she will tell us more about what MAID is, how the original eligibility criteria evolved since 2016, and will describe how the law is applied to people who request MAID. She will discuss the reasons put forth for expanding MAID to include those with chronic conditions, including mental disorders, and how she personally feels about that, as well as share some of the challenges and ethical concerns. Finally, she'll offer her suggestions for improving MAID to overcome some of the challenges.
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