By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
An article concerning a Cardus report entitled Reframing the end-of-life conversation in Canada that is published in the London Free Press and written by Kate Dubinski and Randy Richmond, confirms past Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC) polls remain accurate. The Cardus report was released in Ottawa today makes suggestions for changes to end-of-life care in Canada.
According to the London Free Press article the Cardus report states:
Nearly three-quarters of Canadians don’t think they or their loved ones will receive the “comfort and support” they want and expect when facing a life-threatening illness or death, the poll commissioned by think-tank Cardus found.
The poll findings show the need for most Canadians to think of an end-of-life plan before they’re forced to and when it may be too late, said Ray Pennings, executive vice-president of Cardus.
“Lots of worthwhile things are being done, but we are still in a situation where 75% of Canadians are saying they want to die at home, surrounded by their natural caregiver, and 70% end up dying in hospital,” said Pennings, due to release a related report on end-of-life care Wednesday.
The London Free Press article continues:
People are frustrated. The health-care system is beyond failing. It has failed,” said Michelle Gatt, a seniors advocate in London.