A patient suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) resigned himself to starting a medically assisted death procedure—euthanasia—as the level of care which his condition needs was no longer supported by the state. Canadians are discovering that their social model is turning into a nightmare: limiting access to care, while supporting assisted suicide.
“No one should have to feel death is the only option due to lack of care,” said Dr. Leonie Herx, a physician in Toronto, Canada, in response to the news of Sean Tagert’s death.
The 41-year-old father had a neurodegenerative pathology, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Charcot’s disease.
Following a cardiac arrest in 2017, the condition of the patient required constant care at home, all the more expensive as his reimbursement for care was decreasing.
In a message of July 25, 2019, Sean Tagert revealed that two officials from Vancouver Coastal Health—the regional health authority supposed to provide health services to the sick—came to his home and talked to his mother. “They told his mother that they were there to cut his funding for care hours.” Unable to pay the 237 euros ($263.50) for the additional four hours per day needed for his care (the plan would only pay for 20 hours per day), the patient resigned himself to ask for medically assisted suicide, which, in turn, is fully funded.
On August 6, 2019, Sean Tagert passed away. “Sean often said that his son was his reason for living. We would ask, on Sean’s behalf, that the government recognize the serious problems in its treatment of ALS patients and their families, and find real solutions,” said the family the day after his death.
Suicide reimbursed, vital care at the expense of the patient: Canada—and more widely the West—discovers that the utopia of freedom without constraint, without God or master, leads to the worst dystopia, or rather to the reality of a abjectly materialistic society, without morality because it is apostate—a sordid society