The Supreme Court of Canada decision Friday to allow people with “grievous and irremediable medical conditions” to ask for doctor-assisted suicide should be just the start of a national conversation about end-of-life care in the country, doctors say.

“The Supreme Court has lit a fire under us,” Dr. James Downar, Co-Chair of the Physicians Advisory Council for Dying with Dignity, said in an interview.

“It’s time to talk, we can’t put it off any more.”

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