DDO Health Law Update

February 1, 2019: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.

Bills

 

No new bills of interest.

 

Regulations

 

No new and approve regulations of interest.

 

Government Newsroom

 

First Interim Report from the Premier’s Council on Improving Healthcare and Ending Hallway Medicine

Ontario Investing in Essential Mental Health Care Infrastructure

 

Articles of Interest

 

Cannabis

Click-and-collect cannabis from private retailers not allowed in Ontario


Wettlaufer Inquiry

Elizabeth Wettlaufer confessed to attacking a 15th patient. The public was never told

 

Physicians

Ontario emergency room chief who hired no women for 16 years resigns amid discrimination probe

 

Mental Health

Ontario investing $633M to build 2 CAMH facilities

I let my kids take mental health days from school

Help coming for nurses struggling with mental health issues, substance abuse

 

Health Care

Ontario government considers creation of health super agency; NDP warns of privatization

Ontario government responds after NDP leaks draft bill to scrap regional health agencies

‘Tough decisions’ required to address challenges facing Ontario’s health-care system, interim reports says

Randall Denley: So-called ‘super agency’ not a magic cure for Ontario’s health care woes

Elliott refuses to say whether Ontario government will expand private delivery of health-care services

Hidden-camera footage reveals overstretched nursing home staff struggling to care for residents

 

Professional Misconduct and Compliance

One-month license suspension for Ottawa doctor who breached restrictions on drug prescribing

Kitchener doctor disciplined over unprofessional conduct

Coquitlam psychiatric hospital fined almost $650K after nurses attacked

 

Privacy

‘No right to make money off us that way’: Woman targeted by baby product marketing after miscarriage

 

What’s happening in our city this weekend:

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Best of Netflix Canada in February: The two things you should watch this month

DDO Health Law Update

January 25, 2019: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.

Bills

 

No new bills of interest.

 

Regulations

 

No new and approve regulations of interest.

 

Government Newsroom

 

Ontario signs two health funding agreement with Health Canada

 

Articles of Interest

 

MAID

Nova Scotia hospital refuses to carry out medically assisted dying

 

Marijuana

Canadians spent 54 million on weed in the first month after legalization

Canada’s chronic shortage of legal cannabis expected to drag out for years

Travelers coming into Canada with cannabis could face fines

Ontario cannabis store planning same-day delivery of pot


Physicians

Ontario seeks to cut pay for family doctors, but MDs dispute claim they make too much for too little work

Ontario doctors challenge referral rule for services that clash with their beliefs

Ontario Medical Association apologizes for 2019 calendar that fails to mention a single female physician

 

Health Care

CAMH Monitor: Ontario adults reporting increases in mental health problems

Cut to LHINs cynical optics for PCs, when focus should be proper funding for hospitals and ending hallway medicine

if Ontario scraps its LHINs, what’s next for health care

 

Professional Misconduct and Compliance

London doctor found guilty of professional misconduct, stripped of license to practice

Ontario doctor loses license after admitting to a sexual relationship with a patient

At least 29 homicides in six years in Ontario nursing homes: report

 

Privacy

Privacy breach hits, 45, 000 recipients of ODSP

Nurse fired after privacy breach

‘I feel mistreated,’ says Toronto woman caught up in ODSP privacy breach

ODSP recipients affected by data breach launch class action suit against the province

 

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DDO Health Law Update

January 18, 2019: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.

Bills

No new bills of interest.

 

Regulations

 

No new and approved regulations of interest.

 

Articles of Interest

 

Marijuana

Race on to partner with Ontario’s cannabis retail license winners

 

Health Care

Ford government poised to dissolve regional health agencies, sources say

Province eyeing creation of ‘super health agency.’ sources say

Opinion: Don’t harm CCO while restructuring health agencies

 

Professional Misconduct and Compliance

Alberta doctors exempt from mandatory AHS cultural sensitivity training

Doctor censured for ‘egregious’ failure to care for woman, 62

Nurse who stole opioids from Kitchener care home must be rehired, compensated

‘Greed is a powerful weapon'” Are illegal kickbacks in Ontario driving up the cost of your generic drugs?

 

Privacy

Ontario: Computer virus impacting medical records system at 21 Ontario hospitals

Woman says childhood sexual trauma details leaked in privacy breach

Information Commissioner, AG slam McNeil government over privacy ‘breach’

Live stream of baby taken by child services challenges privacy laws – but family feels empowered

 

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DDO Health Law Update

January 11, 2019: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.

Bills

No new bills of interest.

 

Regulations

Reg 201/96 – Ontario Drug Benefit Act

 

Beginning March 2019, children and youth who do not have existing prescription drug benefits covered by privates plans will continue to receive coverage through OHIP+, but for those who are covered by private insurance, those plans will be billed instead. Proposed amendments to O.REG 201/96  to incorporate the following changes to OHIP+:

  • Children and youth with private insurance would have access to prescribed medicines as they did prior to the launch of OHIP+ through private insurer as first payor.
  • Additional financial support for out of pocket expenses can be applied for through the Trillium Drug Program (“TDP”), and if such out of pocket costs do not reach the TDP deductibles, no public coverage would be provided unless the child/youth becomes eligible through another eligibility stream.
  • If such out of pocket costs meet the TDP deductibles, public coverage will be provided subject to a maximum $2 co-payment per prescription that may be charged by a pharmacy.
  • Children and youth who are eligible for the Ontario Drug Benefit Program through social assistance, home care services or residence in a home for special care or community home for opportunity would have no co-payments or deductibles.
  • Private insurance is defined as any type of private plan, program or account which could contribute to the cost of any drug product, regardless of whether:
    • the private insurance plan covers the particular drug for which coverage is sought,
    • the child or youth or another person captured under the private insurance plan is required to pay a co-payment, deductible, or premium, or,
    • the child or youth has reached their annual maximum under the private insurance plan and no further coverage is available.

 

More Information: https://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=28346&language=en

Comments Due date: Jan 31, 2019

 

Articles of Interest

 

Opioid Crisis

Ontario regions hit hardest by the opioid crisis may not get supervised drug-use sites

OMA weighs in on supervised injection site stigma

 

Marijuana

Ontario’s Cannabis retail lottery will have just 25 winners. But is it a smart approach, or a golden ticket to nowhere?

Origin of Bonify’s unlicensed pot still unknown but companies working on ways to track cannabis

Draw for Ontario cannabis licence lottery expected today, with results within 24 hours

 

Health Care

The big questions Doug Ford will have to answer in 2019

‘I thought we were in a third world country’: Ontario emergency room wait times spike

How using your Ontario health card creates system change

 

Professional Misconduct and Compliance

Ontario psychiatrist sexually abused patient by initiating affair: college

Ministry reports multiple non-compliance issues at Brucelea Haven in Walkerton

Families sue care homes, alleging neglect contributed to death of loved ones

 

Privacy

Case of mistaken Red Cross donor mail raises privacy concern

 

What’s happening in our city this weekend:

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DDO Health Law Update

December 21, 2018: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.

Bills

 

No new bills of interest.

 

Regulations

 

No new and approved regulations of interest.

Articles of Interest

 

Cannabis

Health Canada release draft regulation for edible cannabis products

Use cash to buy legal cannabis if you’re worried about privacy, watchdog says

 

Health Care

Jury examining opioid overdose calls on Ontario to declare public health emergency

Ontario health-care providers explore social prescriptions to help patient heal without drugs

Government delivers confusion to Ontario midwives

Coerced sterilization reports sparking concern in Canada’s medical community

Scrubbed: Ontario emergency room chief faces questions about failing to hire any female doctors in 16 years

 

Professional Regulation and Misconduct

Ontario judge’s advocacy work does not rise to the level of misconduct, panel rules

Ontario’s dental watchdog bares sharp teeth against critics

 

Physicians

Doctors back at the table with province as arbitration resumes

 

Privacy

“It’s creepy’: Security cameras spotted in plastic surgeon’s consult room

 

DDO Health Law Update

December 7, 2018: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.

Bills

 

Bill 66–Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2018

 

This Bill was introduced by Hon. Todd Smith (Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade), Government. It was carried on First Reading on Dec 6, 2018.

This Bill amends and repeals several Acts.

Schedule 8 (Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care) of the Bill amends the following sections in the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 :

  • Subsection 44(10)  –  Remove the Director from the list of persons who must be provided a written notice if the licensee withholds approval for admission.
  • Section 106 – The Director is allowed to determine how public consultations will be conducted
  • Section 112 – The Director is allowed to issue non-renewable temporary emergency licenses for a term of not more than 1 year to accommodate persons affected by a temporary emergency
  • Section 113 – Repealed but any short term authorizations given by the Director before the day of repeal continue to be valid until their authorization period expires

 More Information: Bill 66

 

Regulations

 

No new and approved regulations.

 

Newsroom

Ontario’s government for the people continues fight to make life easier for Ontarians in busy fall

 

Articles of Interest

 

Marijuana

Ont. elementary school students sent to hospital after eating cannabis cookies

Marijuana is now legal in Michigan, but you still can’t take it across the border in Sault Ste. Marie

Two new walk-in clinics in Barrie will prescribe medical marijuana

Nothing hazy about results from Sudbury’s online cannabis survey

 

Health Care

Is Ontario’s patient ombudsman next on the Ford government chopping block

 

Mental Health

New free online mental health supports

 

Professional Misconduct

Sarnia doctor charged with sexual assault, history of convictions, investigation

 

Privacy

Sidewalk Labs’s vision and your data privacy: A guide to the saga on Toronto’s waterfront

 

What’s happening in our city this weekend:

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