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Medical assistance in dying legislation passes in Senate and becomes law

Late Friday the Senate concurred with the Liberal Government and passed a bill that was more restrictive than many groups, including the courts, had argued for. After an expedited vote in the House of Commons late Thursday, an amended Bill C - 14 (medically assisted dying) went back to the Senate for consideration Friday. The Government refused to back down on the clause that a patient’s natural death be “reasonably foreseeable” in order...

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Is Canada finally getting a national pharmacare program?

Momentum has been building for a national pharmacare program since a June meeting of provincial health ministers. Canada’s new Health Minister, Jane Philpott, says she plans to be in touch with her provincial counterparts to begin the preliminary work of establishing a new health accord which, according to some health experts, could include at least the broad outlines of a national pharmacare program. The 2004 Health Accord expired March 31st, 2014 after the Harper government refused to...

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