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Updates on the Ontario Health Agency

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

In the past few months, steps have been taken towards expanding and further prescribing the role of Ontario Health… [and] implementing Ontario Health’s mandate. These steps include new regulations under the CCA and a number of transfer orders issued by the Minister of Health (the “Minister”). This bulletin provides a summary of the recent developments.

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A Federal Minority: The Leading Parties’ Promises on Health Care

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

With the Liberal Party of Canada… winning Monday’s federal election with 157 of 338 seats in the House of Commons, campaign promises will need broader support in order to be realized. This bulletin summarizes the positions of the top five parties… on health care topics including pharmacare… dental care), primary care, mental health and addiction services, Indigenous health care and medical assistance in dying.

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Overview of the Second Report of the Premier’s Council on Improving Healthcare and Ending Hallway Medicine: Part III

Friday, September 20th, 2019

… the Council suggests that accurately capturing patient experience in all aspects of the health care system is paramount. When assessing value for money, the Council advises the government to  work to develop indicators that measure patient and overall population health outcomes against the cost of administering and delivering services in the most efficient way.

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Overview of the Second Report of the Premier’s Council on Improving Healthcare and Ending Hallway Medicine: Part II

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

Much of the focus of the Report, including Chapter 2 (summarized above) is on the integration of the healthcare system. Since Part I was published, significant steps have been taken in the province to support such integration… by inviting selected groups to submit a full application to become Ontario Health Teams.

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Universal, Single-Payer Public Pharmacare in Canada: An Overview of the Proposed Model

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

This bulletin summarizes the key recommendations, which include implementation beginning in 2020; an ability for provinces and territories to opt in; new federal legislation and fiscal transfers to the provinces and territories; a $100 cap on annual household out of pocket spending; a national formulary covering essential medicine by 2022 and comprehensive coverage by 2027; and a dedicated process for assessment and coverage for expensive drugs for rare diseases.

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Overview of the Second Report of the Premier’s Council on Improving Healthcare and Ending Hallway Medicine: Part I

Friday, July 5th, 2019

This advice is responsive to certain of the issues raised by the First Report, including the Council’s finding that Ontario’s health care system is not working to its potential. Among the advice offered by the Council through the Report is a list of 10 recommendations to improve health care… grouped into the following four categories: Integration / Innovation / Efficiency & Alignment / Capacity

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PSLRTA Overhaul in the Health Services Sector

Friday, May 31st, 2019

Labour relations in the health care sector have been a clear focus of the new government…  Arguably, this could lead to less union participation in health care personnel movement between entities going forward. However, given the saturation of organized labour in the sector, organized labour’s reaction to personnel movement under the new regime is yet to be seen. We would expect affected unions to do all within their power to maintain membership in the face of transfers and amalgamations going forward.

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Getting Connected: Digital Health and Information Sharing under Bill 74

Monday, May 6th, 2019

After the first year of implementation, Ontario Health Team Candidates are expected to meet the following criteria: have a harmonized information management plan in place; increase adoption of relevant digital health tools; and
have plans in place to streamline and integrate point of service systems and use data to support patient care and population health management…  The backbone of integration will be the ability to share information.

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Political Activities of Charities

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

… charities are prohibited from partisan political activity. They cannot “directly or indirectly support or oppose a political party or candidate for public office”. / … while representatives of a charity, such as directors, are permitted to engage in political processes in their personal, private capacity, they: must not use the charity’s resources… to support their personal political involvement; must not use events or functions organized by the charity as a platform to voice their own political views; and are encouraged to indicate that their comments are personal rather than the view of the charity.

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Designation Process for Ontario Health Teams

Friday, April 19th, 2019

… a new model to integrate care and funding that will enable patients, families, communities and providers to better work together… will be referred to below) as “Ontario Health Teams”… The purpose of this bulletin is to provide an overview of the application process for Ontario Health Teams… Significant dates in respect of the process for designation as an Ontario Health Team are included…

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