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BY Colin Kerr Tweet QUEBEC, February 17, 2014 ( LifeSiteNews.com ) Even as Quebecs National Assembly prepares for a final vote on its controversial euthanasia bill, which is expected to pass easily, the provinces College of Physicians is calling for expanding the list of those who qualify for a lethal injection. As Quebecers become accustomed to doctors administering lethal injections to dying patients, the questions will not be about who is receiving euthanasia but who is being denied it, said Yves Robert, secretary of the College, according to the National Post. Robert identified two classes of patients who will be excluded from the legislation that should be considered for eligibility: patients suffering from advanced Alzheimers disease and the terminally ill who are under 18 years of age and suffering. We will have to think about that, not only for [incapable] adults but obviously for youngsters who face terminal diseases, he said. Junior Health Minister Veronique Hivon likewise said Bill 52s provisions are really, really restrictive. As Quebec legislators and medical experts have taken Belgiums euthanasia regime as a model, it is no surprise that Quebecers should already find themselves considering allowing euthanasia for children, as Belgium did last week. Another coalition of Quebec doctors had previously warned that the government was opening the door for euthanizing children. Dr. Paul Saba, president of the Coalition of Physicians for Social Justice, stated in December, If the bill is adopted the door will be wide open to euthanize children and persons who are not able to give consent. Nevertheless, there is a strong voice in Canada and in the world at large against the logic at work in Quebec. For instance, the World Medical Association, which represents nine million physicians, has come out against euthanasia. Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, said that the Quebec governments intention from the beginning was to include children and people with dementia. This is not new. The Quebec Human Rights Commission thought that not allowing children to have euthanasia was a form of discrimination. They are trying to open the door with this bill and then it will expand from there.
Dr. Lillian Vitanza Ney, action team chairwoman, said the previous incentive was $10,000, but now the group wants to offer $20,000 to $50,000 based on the physician’s area of expertise. The action team set its priority list at the end of 2013, with primary care physicians topping the recruitment agenda. Orthopedics was second on the list, with neurology and neurosurgery, which should be connected to an academic center, third and fourth on the list, respectively. Ophthalmology, ear, nose and throat and obstetrics and gynaecology rounded out the list. The team also made a priority recruitment list for specialty gaps, which included infectious disease; rheumatology; pulmonology; endocrinology; and dermatology. Ney said about 30 people attended the group meeting, with representatives from the Chautauqua Regional Community Foundation; Gebbie Foundation; Hultquist Foundation; Jessie Smith Darrah Fund; Lenna Foundation; Judith J. Anderson Family Foundation; and Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation. Along with Ney, several people spoke about the need for the recruitment grant, which included Dr. Marlene Garone, WCA Hospital medical director; Dr. John LaMancuso, Jamestown Area Medical Associates; Kevin Saff, Jamestown Area Medical Associates executive director; Dan Tota, WCA Hospital physician services director; and Katie Geise, Chautauqua Workforce Investment Board executive director. Ney said the goal is $250,000 for the recruitment fund that will go to assist area health organizations recruiting several physicians. “The grant application is going online to the foundations this week,” Ney said. “I hope to present individually to foundations who would like more in-depth information.” The presentations included a checklist of costs related to physician recruitment, which included $25,000 to $35,000 for contingency/retainer recruiter placement fee; $5,000 to $10,000 for ancillary recruiter expenses; $1,000 to $2,000 for airline tickets, hotels and food; $10,000 to $50,000 for signing bonus; $5,000 to $10,000 for relocation allowance; $180,000 and up for salary guarantee and bonus incentives; $10,000 to $50,000 for loan forgiveness; $10,000 to $45,000 for malpractice insurance; $5,000 to $10,000 for 401K contribution; $15,000 to $20,000 for medical, dental, and vision for the physician and their family; and money for a down payment on a house and to help find employment for the candidate’s spouse.