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Voluntary euthanasia deaths in Quebec outstrip predictions by three to one

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 23 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6331
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal

The number of assisted deaths in Quebec since medical assistance in dying was legalised was three times higher than expected, according to the province’s health minister.

“I mentioned many times that I was expecting about 100,” Gaétan Barrette told a news conference. “It’s almost three times that. Actually, in a one year period it will be over 300.”

Georges L’Espérance, president of the Quebec Association for the Right to Die with Dignity, said in January …

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