Legislation

Regulated Health Professions Statute Law Amendment Act, 2009

The Ontario government has introduced legislation that, if passed, would improve access to health care for Ontarians by enabling a number of health care professions to provide more services and improve patient safety.

Highlights of the legislation include :

Expanding the Services of Regulated Health Care Professionals:

  • allowing nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physiotherapists, dietitians, midwives and medical radiation technologists to deliver more services that they are now educated and competent to provide
  • changing the rules for administering, prescribing, dispensing, compounding, selling and using drugs in practice for chiropodists and podiatrists, dental hygienists, dentists, midwives, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physiotherapists and respiratory therapists
  • removing restrictions on X-rays that can be ordered by nurse practitioners and enabling physiotherapists to order X-rays for specific purposes.

Improving Patient Safety and Strengthening the Health Care System :

  • requiring health colleges to work together to develop common standards of knowledge, skill and judgement in areas where their professions may provide the same or similar services
  • making team based care a key component of health college quality assurance programs which ensure the ongoing competence of registered health professionals
  • requiring all regulated health professionals to have professional liability insurance
  • creating a process to ensure new drug prescribing powers are used in the safest possible manner
Resources
Minister Considering Seeking Approval of Certain Regulation Proposals to Improve Access to Care for Ontarians
NBill 179 2009 : Regulated Health Professions Statute Law Amendment Act, 2009 [PDF]
News Release : Ontario Unleashes Potential In Health Care
Backgrounder : Improving Patient Care in Ontario
Backgrounder : What Experts are Saying About Proposed Changes to How Ontario's Health Professionals Provide Services
Compendium : Regulated Health Professions Statute Law Amendment Act, 2009 [PDF]

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