Canadian Health Care Refused to Pay for Disabled Father’s Care, but Happily Paid for His Assisted Suicide
By John Ellis
The well-known platitude “but for the grace of God go I” played in my brain while reading the tragic story of a disabled Canadian father who chose to end his own life, leaving behind an 11-year-old son. It would be easy to judge Sean Tagert, who was diagnosed with ALS six years ago. Do I believe he made the wrong choice? Sure. But I wasn’t the one who was struggling to pay for my health care after losing my ability to breath on my own or feed myself. I’m not the one living under Canada’s health care system that was more than happy to pay for my suicide but not the care I needed. So, yes, I disagree with Tagert’s “choice” and mourn the loss of his life, but I blame Canada and their “touted” socialized medicine.
Sean was diagnosed with ALS in March 2013. For years he endured the steady deterioration of his abilities, until suffering cardiac arrest in late Oct. 2017. He was resuscitated and placed on a ventilator, and lived since then on life support, completely immobile, communicating only via an eye-tracking computer setup. Finally, with his health rapidly deteriorating, Sean opted for a medically assisted death.
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