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Who will cover the cost of drugs for doctor-assisted death?

Release Date: 06/12/2016
Source: The Toronto Star
Staff Reference: Joan Weir

The Canadian Press

With medically assisted death now legal in Canada, doctors need access to specific drugs that will painlessly and humanely terminate a suffering patient’s life.

But just what are these drugs and what do they cost? And most importantly perhaps, who will cover that cost?

One week after the ban on physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia was officially lifted under the Supreme Court of Canada’s mandate, doctors, provincial health ministries, private insurers and the pharmacy sector are still trying to sort out the answers.