Urgences-Santé to be allowed to declare death

When somebody dies outside a hospital setting, a doctor has to confirm this officially for the death certificate, but soon Urgences-Santé paramedics* will be able to do this too. The reason given is that it’s kinder on families if they don’t have to wait for hours till an MD shows up; I can’t help wondering whether this change is also being made because it’s cheaper.

*Yes, I know they’re technically EMTs but the article says paramedics and everyone knows it means ambulance workers who are not medical doctors.