Dying with dignity law: where do Alzheimer's patients fit in?
The Quebec College of Physicians says it believes that people suffering from Alzheimer's in the final stages of their lives should be considered candidates for medically-assisted suicide.
It's presented its brief before the Quebec government's public commission hearings on its proposed dying with dignity law.
The College pf Physicians says terminally-ill Alzheimer's patients or those with similar forms of dementia have guardians or family members who can help make the decision of resorting to medically-assisted suicide, adding that a large number of those afflicted are not apt to authorize consent.
Dr. Paul Saba, co-president of the Coalition of Physicians for Social Justice, disagrees with that position, adding it's a slippery slope.
"Who's going to say what's severely demented? Who's going to say what's severely, what's moderately, where's the line? We already know consent is not respected," Saba told CJAD 800 News.
The College does say it should be a last resort after palliative care but Saba said they're concerned it may turn into an easy way out.
In Quebec, 125,000 people suffer from Alzheimer's.