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January 25, 2017

It was bound to come out.  In a recent study it was reported that “Doctor-assisted suicide could save Canada tens of millions of dollars annually by avoiding costly “end-of-life” care.”
The study looked at the cost of medical care that was needed to treat terminally ill patients, estimated at $14,000.00 during the last 30 days of his or her life and compared that with the cost of ending someone’s life, which could be as low as $269.00.  
According to the study, the estimated annual savings for the Canadian health care system could be as high as 139 million dollars. 
I wonder how long it will be before we calculate the cost of keeping someone alive vs how much early termination would cost and families and individuals are offered a choice?
On another note, a new TV series on Global is called “Mary Kills People” and is about a Doctor who according to one source “Is an angel of death who helps terminally ill patients slip away on their own terms.”
So, physician assisted suicide has become an economic benefit to our health care service and prime time television is celebrating the heroic efforts of a brave doctor who takes the lives of her patients.
The slippery slope argument doesn’t sound so far-fetched now, does it?
Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.