(Read the full article here: http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2014/05/28/raymond-j-de-souza-instead-of-legalizing-euthanasia-try-improving-canadian-palliative-care/)There are increasing numbers of those among us who are frail and ill, growing weaker under the burden of disease or years. How will our public policy and common culture respond? The Angus motion recognizes that many Canadians do not desire heavily medicalized final weeks or months, but a more personal preparation for death, preferably accompanied by their loved ones at home.Our health care system does not provide such alternatives readily. It is designed to make expensive, invasive treatments accessible. So it does, forcing many at the end of life to endure treatments that are unduly burdensome in circumstances that are often impersonal. Palliative care for the dying seeks to treat pain and discomfort, but to allow, as much as possible, a preparation for death that respects the dignity of the person and those close to him.The lack of adequate palliative care across the country is a failure of our health care system to respond to actual patient needs.
Sunday, 1 June 2014
Improving palliative care, a solution for all
Father Raymond J. de Souza writes in the National Post,