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​Before anyone can receive MAiD, they must be assessed by two independent physicians or nurse practitioners to see if they are eligible. This ensures a person is aware of all care options available to them and has the information required to make an informed decision.

MAiD is only available to those who meet all the following criteria:

  • Are eligible for health services funded by a government in Canada;
  • Are 18 years old and capable of making health care decisions;
  • Have a grievous and irremediable medical condition:
    • the person has a serious and incurable illness, disease or disability, and
    • the person is in an advanced state of irreversible decline in capabilities, and
    • the person is enduring physical or psychological suffering, caused by the medical condition or the state of decline, that is intolerable to the person, and
    • the person's natural death has become reasonably foreseeable;
  • Are making a voluntary request (i.e., not being pressured by someone else to make the request);
  • Are providing informed consent for MAiD after being told of the means available to relieve their suffering, including palliative care.

Independent witness related to client's MAiD request

An independent witness can be any person who is at least 18 years old and who understands the nature of the request. You can be an independent witness if you:

  • are not directly involved in providing health care services or personal care to the person making the request
  • know you're not a beneficiary under the requesting person's will or would receive a financial or other material benefit resulting from their death;
  • are not an owner or operator of any health care facility where the person making the request is being treated or lives

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