3 Questions on Quebec HEALTHCARE Priorities : Quebec’s Bill 52 will cause the death of people who should not be euthanized

Why isn’t the Quebec government investing in health care for Quebecers instead of euthanasia?

Why isn’t the Quebec government providing accessibility to a family doctor for every Quebecer?

Why is it not speeding up access for screening to detect diseases like cancer?

Quebecers need a law to ensure access to health care in a timely manner, for family doctors and medical services, and for palliative care when needed. We do not need a law for rapid access for euthanasia.

In Quebec, the government has already reduced access to new drugs for breast, lung, and bowel cancer and lymphoma. Approvals for new anti-cancer drugs covered by the Quebec health insurance plan have been reduced from 77% in 2012 to 31% in 2013. Many people in their forties and thirties – even as young as twenty – will not have access to these cancer-fighting drugs. However, the health insurance plan will cover the cost of the lethal injection if the law is passed.

The Coalition of Physicians for Social Justice denounces the adoption in principle of Quebec’s Bill 52 which promotes euthanasia. This law will cause the death of people who should not be euthanized. Experience shows that safeguards and controls do not work in countries and U.S. states where euthanasia and assisted suicide is practiced. There are hundreds of cases of people who do not give consent. Bill 52 will enable and encourage people, including the young, with physical illness such as cancer or psychological problems such as depression to abandon medical treatment that could otherwise save their lives and be euthanized instead.

The Coalition’s position against euthanasia is supported by the World Medical Association representing nine million physicians.

Physician-assisted suicide encourages people with years to live to throw away their lives: an Oregon cancer doctor and his patient tell their story and warns Quebecers

Date: October 25, 2013
Time: 10:30 am
Location: Auberge Bonaparte
447, rue Saint-François-Xavier
Montréal, QC H2Y 2T1
(Beside the Centaur Theatre)

The Coalition of Physicians for Social Justice presents a doctor and his patient from Oregon where assisted suicide is legal.

Dr Kenneth StevensDr Kenneth Stevens is a practicing cancer doctor with more than 40 years’ experience. He is also a Professor Emeritus and a former Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, Oregon Health & Sciences University, Portland, Oregon. He has treated thousands of patients with cancer.

Jeanette Hall, Dr. Stevens’ patient, is thrilled to be alive 13 years after he talked her out of “doing” Oregon’s law, i.e., killing herself with a lethal dose of barbiturates.

In 2000, Jeanette was diagnosed with cancer by another doctor and told that she had six months to a year to live. This was without treatment. The other doctor had referred her to Dr. Stevens for radiation and chemotherapy. Jeanette, however, had voted for Oregon’s law. She had made a firm decision to go forward with Oregon’s law instead.

Dr. Stevens did not believe in assisted suicide. He also believed that Jeanette’s prospects for treatment were good. He convinced her to be treated instead of doing Oregon’s law.

Dr. Stevens will talk about how the mere existence of legal assisted suicide steered Jeanette Hall to suicide. He will also talk about how financial incentives in Oregon’s government health plan also steer patients to suicide. Dr. Stevens warns how if assisted suicide or euthanasia is legalized in Quebec, then the Quebec government health program could follow a similar pattern—that is, to pay for people to die, but not to live.

Dr. SabaDr. Paul Saba, a family physician and co-president of the Coalition of Physicians for Social Justice will demonstrate how Québec’s proposed euthanasia law will encourage people, including young adults with treatable conditions, to agree to euthanasia and throw away their lives.

The Coalition’s position against euthanasia is supported by the World Medical Association representing nine million physicians.

Press Conference : The Deadly Risks For Quebecers of Bill 52 – Belgian doctor condemns euthanasia

Announcement of a Press Conference – The Coalition of Physicians for Social Justice: A Belgian doctor condemns euthanasia in his country and the deadly risks for Quebecers

QUEBEC CITY, Oct. 9, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ –Georges Casteur presente a Quebec contre la loi 52

Date: October 10, 2013
Time: 12:15

Location : Édifice André-Laurendeau
Salon Jacques-L’Archevêque
1050, rue des Parlementaires

Québec QC: On the last day of public hearings on « end of life care  » Dr. Georges Casteur , a Belgian family physician and former director of IMBO (a neurological rehabilitation center at Ostend from 1976 to 2012 ) will present 10 years of euthanasia and the slippery slope of this practice in his country.

Also present will be a Quebec couple Jacques Roy and his wife Diane Bergevin , who has struggled with two life threatening tumors-one behind the left eye and the other in the lung that are under treatment since 2011. Despite a serious illness, the couple is optimistic about the future. Mr. Roy will discuss the dangers of physicians giving a poor prognosis and « external pressures « that may endanger the health and survival of patients.

Dr. Paul Saba, a family physician and co- president of the Coalition of Physicians for Social Justice will discuss the inherent dangers to patients and the loss of individual autonomy if Bill 52(euthanasia) is passed.