Is Funding Euthanasia a Health Priority for Aotearoa New Zealand: Part 2?

Friday, October 22nd, 2021 | carra86p | No Comments

Dr Ben Gray*

Providing equity of access for assisted dying without equity of access to palliative care is to completely undermine the goals of the End of Life Choice Act. The choice is distorted towards aid in dying and away from palliative care. In this blog I will describe the detail in the Gazette Notice documenting the funding mechanism for provision of services under the Act. I will argue that the focus in this policy on equity is misplaced and that the effect of not allowing practitioners to charge a co-payment will significantly undermine provision of aid in dying.

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