Patients and Families
Accessing medical assistance in dying
Before anyone is able to receive medical assistance in dying, they must be assessed to see if they are eligible. This process also ensures the patient is aware of all the care options available to them and has the information needed to make an informed decision.
Currently the process for accessing medical assistance in dying in Manitoba involves:
- The patient wishing to access medical assistance in dying must be assessed by a minimum of two (2) physicians both of whom agree that the patient meets the eligibility criteria
- One (1) of these physicians must be willing to perform the procedure (provide or administer the medications that will result in death)
- The two assessments must be performed separate from each other and can take place at home, a clinic or in hospital
- Patients may need to provide and/or allow access to their medical records and be willing to undergo further consultations if needed
- Currently only the provincial medical assistance in dying team is authorized to provide medical assistance in dying within all provincial health facilities. The provincial MAID clinical team is available to facilitate medical assistance dying throughout the province.
- For patients unable to write another adult can sign the request on the patient’s behalf