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

by Pam Seto

 

Bill 84 – Medical Assistance in Dying Statute Law Amendment Act, 2017

This Bill received Royal Assent on May 10, 2017.

The Bill amends various acts with respect to medical assistance in dying (MAID).

 The following acts are amended:

  • Coroners Act – A physician or nurse practitioner who provided MAID must notify the coroner and provide the necessary information to determine if the death should be investigated.
  • Excellent Care for All Act, 2005 – Physicians and nurse practitioners, and the people assisting is protected from litigation. The fact that people who receive MAID cannot be used as a reason to deny a right or refuse a benefit that would otherwise be provided under contract or statute.
  • Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act–  Both acts do not apply to identifying information relating to MAID.
  • Vital Statistics Act – Coroner documentation requirements do not apply for MAID if there is no investigation.
  • Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 – A worker who receives MAID is deemed to have died as a result of the injury or disease for which the worker was determined eligible to receive MAID.

Introduced by Hon. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.

For more information: http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&Intranet=&BillID=4460

 

Regulations

 

  • O. REG 114/17 – Excellent Care for All Act, 2010
    • This regulation amends O.REG 445/10 under the Excellent Care for All Act, 2010 by revoking certain provisions as it relates to the Ontario Health Quality Council (i.e. the Council acting as a Crown Agent is revoked).

Effective Date: April 19, 2017

Please see regulation: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/r17114

 

  •  O.REG 115/17 – Ontario Drug Benefit Act
    • This regulation amends O. REG 201/96 under the Ontario Drug Benefit Act to specify that recipients of professional services that are provided or arranged by a LHIN are eligible persons under the Ontario Drug Benefit program. Once the transfer of CCACS to LHINs is complete, reference to professional services provided by CCAS will be revoked.

Effective Date: April 19, 2017

Please see regulation: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/r17115

 

  • O.REG 116/17 – Health Insurance Act
    • The proposed amendment to REG 552 of RRO 1990 of the Health Insurance Act would add a reference to recipients of professional services that are provided or arranged by a LHIN.

Effective Date: April 19,2017

Please see regulation: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/r17116

 

  • O.REG 117/17 – PHIPA
    • The proposed amendment to O.REG 329/04 under PHIPA would designate the LHINs as HICs under PHIPA.
    • Under the Patients First Act, 2016, LHINs are responsible for home and community care, which is currently the function of the CCACs. All the CCAC functions, employees and assets will be eventually transferred to the LHINs. As a result of this change, the LHINs must comply with the privacy obligations set out in PHIPA. In particular, the LHINs would be a HIC for providing or assisting in providing health to an individual,  and for records transferred to it from CCAC.

Effective Date: April 19, 2017

Please see regulation: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/r17117

 

  • O.REG 118/17 – Home Care and Community Services Act, 1994
    • The regulation amends O. REG 179/95 (Conveyances of Assets) under the Home Care and Community Services Act, 1994 to exempt LHINS from this regulation.

Effective Date: April 19, 2017

Please see regulation: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/r17118

 

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