A final vote on assisted death legislation is expected in the House of Commons on Monday.
And according to a ThinkHQ poll, 4 of 5 patients surveyed support physician assisted death in some circumstances.
And more than 3 in 5 have few or no concerns about the introduction of a physician assisted death law in Canada.
ThinkHQ president Marc Henry says he was a little surprised by the high numbers.
“For most people, it does provide them with a certain sense of comfort,” says Henry. “Whether or not that’s a decision they will need to make sometime in the future, there’s a large group of people who are at least to have the option.”
Henry adds that a strong majority of those surveyed say patients should be able to choose where their assisted death takes place.
“There’s really strong support for people being able to choose the location of their assisted dying,” explains Henry. “90% of Alberta patients said that they strongly, or very strongly agree, that physician assisted death should take place some place in the location of their choosing.”
Most patients in Alberta agree with the draft guidelines set up to determine who can access an assisted death, and most would want that assisted death performed by a specialist rather than their own family doctor. (km/Newstalk770)