Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)
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Due to the changes in legislation for medical assistance in dying, an unusually high volume of calls and requests for information is being received at the MAiD Coordination Centre. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work hard to respond as quickly as possible.

Seeking Medical Assistance in Dying is a deeply personal decision. You may choose  to discuss your wishes with your  loved ones, as well as anyone else who can support you.


It is normal to have questions and it is important to know that not every person who requests MAiD will be eligible or, if found eligible, will decide to choose a medically assisted death.


Whatever you decide, your health-care team is here to honour and respect your wishes.

What is Medical Assistance in Dying?

Medical Assistance in Dying is a legal, end of life care option  in which a MAiD Provider (doctor or nurse practitioner) helps a person, who is eligible, to voluntarily and intentionally end their life. Medical Assistance in Dying has been legal in Canada since June 2016 and is governed under federal law. This law sets out the eligibility requirements and processes under which Medical Assistance in Dying can be provided.





View or download a copy of our MAiD pamphlet for individuals and families. We are in the process of updating the MAiD: A Shared Journey resource with the changes to the new federal legislation and will have it available as soon as possible.

 

Who is eligible to receive Medical Assistance in Dying?

There are two eligibility pathways for medical assistance in dying:

  • where a natural death may be in the foreseeable future
  • where a natural death may not be in the foreseeable future

Eligibility is determined by the MAiD Providers involved in your request and includes:

  • being at least 18 years old
  • being able to make decisions about your health
  • having a grievous and irremediable medical condition
  • requesting assistance without pressure from anyone else
  • being eligible for publicly-funded health services in Canada

How can I learn more about Medical Assistance in Dying?

To learn more about MAiD, you can speak with the doctor or nurse practitioner who is most responsible for your care. 


Doctors and nurse practitioners are not obligated to participate in the MAiD process if they do not personally agree with it. However, they must connect you with another health care provider who will support your request


In addition, you can ask any member of your health care team to bring your request to the attention of your doctor or nurse practitioner.


If you have questions or difficulty accessing information or services related to medical assistance in dying, please contact Interior Health’s MAiD Coordination Centre: 

  • By phone: 250-469-7073 (within Kelowna area)
                    1-844-469-7073 (toll-free from other areas)
  • By email: use our online form

How does the process work?

Your doctor or nurse practitioner will discuss your medical condition with you. They will make sure you have considered all the services or treatments that are available to you. These may include comfort care, pain control, hospice care, palliative care or other options.

You do not have to accept any of these services, but it is important you know about them before you pursue Medical Assistance in Dying.

If you choose Medical Assistance in Dying, please know you can change your mind and stop the process at any point before the medication has been given.

Patient request forms

There is one (1) form that must be completed and sent to Interior Health’s MAiD Care Coordination Team to support your request. 

To start the process, you must complete the Request for Medical Assistance in Dying form (HLTH1632) (click on form name to open and print).

  • This is a written record of your request. By signing this form, you are formally asking for Medical Assistance in Dying and stating that you believe you meet the criteria.
  • You can print the form from the website, or ask for a paper copy from your doctor or nurse practitioner, a member of your health care team or at any Interior Health facility.
  • This guide can help you to complete your request properly and make sure that it meets all legal requirements MAiD Patient Request Record Instructions for Completion

Once you’ve completed your request form, you can fax it directly to the MAiD Coordination Centre at 250-469-7066, or mail the form to:
MAiD Coordination Centre
c/o Kelowna Health Services Centre
505 Doyle Ave.
Kelowna, BC V1Y 0C5

Assessment form (for physician and nurse practitioner use)

The assessment form ensures that you are aware of other options, that you meet the criteria for Medical Assistance in Dying, and that you have the mental capacity to make this important decision. Two different doctors or nurse practitioners must each do separate assessments. If they are not sure whether you are capable of making health-care decisions, a medical professional with expertise in mental capacity may also be consulted.

Where can Medical Assistance in Dying take place?

A medically assisted death can occur in a variety of places: your private home, a hospital, a hospice, most long-term care homes or another safe, meaningful setting.

When you are planning for a medically assisted death you may wish to consider who you would like to be present with you, as well as any specific music, cultural and/or religious rituals that are important to you. You and your MAiD Provider will discuss all the details of your plans and wishes.

Related resources

Information for health-care providers

 

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