“Palliative care” refers to medical treatments that ease pain and suffering, particularly for the terminally ill. But in jurisdictions that have legalized euthanasia, palliative care is becoming less and less available. This, in turn, causes more patients to turn to physician-assisted suicide.
So observes Wesley J. Smith, who cites a physician in the Netherlands: “One doctor once infamously said he didn’t need palliative care when he had euthanasia.”
Now this is happening in Canada. It has become a particular problem in Quebec, where end-of-life care has become reduced to pretty much just euthanasia. Smith quotes an article on the subject in the Canadian newsmagazine MacClean’s: