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Who is eligible for Medical Assistance in dying (MAiD)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​To be eligible for (able to receive) MAID, a person must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be eligible for (must be able to have) government funded health insurance in Canada (for example, OHIP)
  • Be able to make health care decisions
  • Have a serious and incurable illness (illness that cannot be cured) that causes intolerable suffering (suffering that a person can no longer bear)
  • Be in an advanced state of decline where death is reasonably foreseeable (death will occur in the near future)
  • Make a request for MAID freely and without pressure from anyone else
  • Give ​
        informed consent​​ to receive MAID. ​
    ​​​​Definition of informed consent: Before you request assisted dying, you need to know about the options available to relieve suffering, including palliative care. Your health care team wants to make sure you have all the information you need to make this important decision.

    ​Your team also wants to be sure that you are making this decision voluntarily – that you are not being forced into it by someone.

    Your consent is given in writing. This shows you are sure about your request.

A person cannot:

  • Request or receive MAID if they are incapable (unable to make health care decisions)
  • Have their family, lawyer or substitute decision maker request MAID for them​

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