Canada has released its annual euthanasia report for 2022 — and it’s a bleak business. More than 13,000 Canadians received lethal jabs last year, representing 4.1 percent of all deaths in the country. From the Fourth Annual Report on Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada 2022:
In 2022, there were 13,241 MAID provisions reported in Canada, accounting for 4.1% of all deaths in Canada.
The number of cases of MAID in 2022 represents a growth rate of 31.2% over 2021. All provinces except Manitoba and the Yukon continue to experience a steady year-over-year growth in 2022.
When all data sources are considered, the total number of medically assisted deaths reported in Canada since the introduction of federal MAID legislation in 2016 is 44,958.
There are more than 93,000 doctors in Canada. Most — thankfully — still do not lethally inject patients, with those who do killing about seven patients each. From the report:
- The total number of unique practitioners providing MAID during 2022 was 1,837, up 19.1% from 1,542 in 2021. 95.0% of all MAID practitioners were physicians, while 5.0% were nurse practitioners.
- Among physicians, family physicians conduct the majority of MAID provisions (67.7%), consistent with previous years results.
- Nurse practitioners are providing an increasing share of MAID provisions. Physicians performed 90.6% of all MAID procedures during 2022, while nurse practitioners performed 9.4% of all MAID procedures, up from 8.4% in 2021 and from 7.0% in 2019.
- In 2022, the average number of MAID provisions per practitioner was 7.2, compared to 6.5 (2021), 5.8 (2020) and 5.1 (2019).
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