Sarah Palin warned of the “death panels” embedded in ObamaCare, and she was right. Indeed, we need look no further than our northern neighbor to see how government-run health care weighs life and death against cost and contribution to society. When doctors rebel against participating in state-sponsored “assisted suicide,” the solution is to throw more money at that “problem.”
CNS News reports:
Faced with doctors’ growing resistance to assisted suicide, some Canadian advocates are asking, “What if we just pay them more?”
Thirteen months ago, Canada legalized doctor-assisted suicide, or as Canada calls it, “medical assistance in dying.”
From the start, Eric Metaxas and I have said that our northern neighbors have placed their entire society on a slippery slope on which the “right to die” will eventually become the “duty to die”—just as it’s happened everywhere else.
Nothing in the past thirteen months suggests Canada will be an exception.
Elderly patients diagnosed with cancer are immediately asked if they wish to be euthanized; “ethicists” strongly urge that the organs of the euthanized not go to waste; and policy proposals to extend the “right to die” to “the mentally ill” are now being advanced.
Notwithstanding this parade of horribles, there’s one bit of good news: Many doctors who initially expressed a willingness to lend deadly so-called “medical assistance” have changed their minds. Unfortunately, the growing reticence of early practitioners to continue offering this lethal service is not because they now take the moral qualms seriously. No, the problem is that they’re not being paid enough to kill their patients.
I wish I were making this up but, sadly, I’m not.
An article in the July 12th issue of the Canadian magazine MacLean’s asked “Should doctors be paid a premium (for) assisting deaths?” The author tells us that as “staunch supporters of physician-assisted dying are avoiding taking up the work … advocates of the service worry it will exist in theory only, and not in practice.”
The solution, according to the author, is to pay doctors more. While she acknowledges that “medically assisted dying is still controversial in Canada,” and that “paying someone a premium to do this work can be construed as ethically compromising,” she still thinks the problem is one of incentives.
“Free” health care for all always means that people the government deems unworthy to live are culled from the herd when they become too costly.