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Medical Assistance in Dying
Medical Assistance in Dying

Covenant Health Policy on Medical Assistance in Dying

 

Covenant Health will support persons in our care who seek more information regarding options, including palliative and hospice care, but will not participate in or provide medical assistance in dying.

Extensive stakeholder input has informed the most current version of our policy, which is linked to below.

Official Covenant Health policy -  Responding to Requests for Medical Assistance in Dying (PDF, 82.5 KB)

The policy is consistent with the Health Ethics Guide, our foundational ethics resource, and informed by our clinical experience and the Catholic moral tradition and teaching.

For more information, please refer to the resources below.

 

Covenant Health Resources 

 

Catholic Health Response to Medical Assistance in Dying: Q&A (PDF, 313 KB)

A Catholic Perspective on Health Decisions and Care at the End of Life (PDF, 846 KB)

Theological Reflection in support of Covenant Health's End of Life Strategy (PDF, 66.3 KB)

Ethics Made Real - Debunking the myths about Catholic Hospitals in response to Medical Assistance in Dying (PDF, 54 KB)

Ethics Made Real - Caring for our common home also means caring for people pleading to leave it, too (PDF, 224 KB)

Further background information on Covenant Health's response to Medical Assistance in Dying is available here.

 

External Resources

 

Alberta Health Services - Medical Assistance in Dying

Alberta Health - Medical Assistance in Dying

Government of Canada - Medical Assistance in Dying

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta - Medical Assistance in Dying

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta - Informed Consent

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta - Conscientious Objection

Faith-based care and medical assistance in dying - Christopher De Bono, Providence Health Care BC