Ever since the Ontario Medical Association was mandated by the government to act as the bargaining agent for Ontario doctors, this profession has been subjected to undemocratic and disrespectful disregard by both the government and the OMA, which is supposed to be fighting for them from their corner, not fighting them in a courtroom.
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Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd (TTL) is a Certified Specialist in Health Law and has been practicing health law for over two decades. <br> <br> At the time TTL began her dedication to the study and practice of health law, the subject was not taught in Canadian law schools, nor was it recognized as a specialty by the Law Society of Upper Canada. <br> <br> Recognizing the changing legal landscape and increased legal oversight and accountability in health care delivery, TTL became a writer, lecturer, and practitioner in a new regulatory, policy driven, and legally restrictive arena. <br> <br> TTL founded the Health Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association in 1987 and was its first National Health Law Chair. In conjunction with a highly specialized committee she assembled, TTL authored and published the first report from the legal profession across North America on the legal implications of HIV/AIDS and the protection of civil rights. <br> <br> TTL is widely recognized for her expertise in the representation of the health professions of Ontario, Canada and the US. With extensive experience in the Superior, Divisional and Courts of Appeal of Ontario, she has successfully represented numerous clients before many of the top administrative boards and tribunals, including Medical Advisory Committees and Boards of Governors of various Ontario hospitals. <br> <br> Throughout her career as a health law lawyer, TTL has had her hand on the pulse of the health law business. Nurturing health law's development from the beginning, TTL is an expert on its origins and a leading voice and specialist in its current applications. She will be a strong and anchoring force for its future.
Why does the government continue to refuse to "consent" to binding arbitration for doctors when it is part and parcel to the negotiation process for all other sectors, both public and private? Their refusal has led to the lengthy delay that has left doctors without an agreement for more than two years and has forced them to challenge the government under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
07/29/2016 01:54 EDT
With all due respect to André Picard and his assessment that the social media voice of Ontario doctors is sounding "shrill, self-indulgent and counterproductive" as they continue their dispute with the Ontario government over fee cuts, I would counter that, given their current situation, our physicians are acting in a perfectly rational manner.
10/08/2015 06:04 EDT
This month, as Toronto plays host to one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world, it's worth reflecting on the long way Canada's LGBT community appears to have come in terms of advancing their legal rights.
06/24/2015 06:07 EDT
In a blog post last August, I discussed the heated debate that was taking place regarding whether doctors should be allowed
06/17/2015 05:01 EDT
Contrary to the insinuation that the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario is out to protect doctors and keep the public in the dark, they are, in actual fact, out to protect the interests of the public first and foremost. Is the general public, with their lack of medical training and limited knowledge of how the health profession works, really in a position to sift through and understand medical information better than the trained doctors and highly-skilled and trained health professionals who have been appointed to investigate these matters?
05/04/2015 12:50 EDT
Medical marijuana is not a legal drug in Canada. It is an illicit (illegal) substance and Health Canada's current accessibility policy hasn't changed that fact. Marijuana has not been designated a prescription medication or medication of any kind. Not only does it not currently have a DIN, it looks like it will not have one any time soon. According to the Medical Use of Marijuana section on Health Canada's website, DIN's can only be issued after Health Canada scientists have assessed a drug's safety, efficacy and quality in order to be sure it meets Regulations and the requirements of the Food and Drug Act.
02/28/2015 12:37 EST
At present, this time-consuming service is an uninsured one and its accompanying opportunity cost -- taking physicians away from attending to other patients on a fee-for-service basis -- is borne solely by the physician. Because the College considers the medical document to access medical marijuana equivalent to a prescription and, since prescriptions and activities related to prescriptions are insured services, physicians cannot charge patients; fair enough. But what about the for-profit corporations who are benefitting at the physicians' expense?
12/13/2014 06:35 EST
Do you think a physician should be allowed to refuse to provide a patient with a treatment or procedure because it conflicts with the physician's religious or moral beliefs? Physicians, the media, and the public at large cast their vote and added their comments, calling it everything from a gender issue, to a moral issue, to a health issue. I call it the thin edge of the wedge.
11/28/2014 05:40 EST
If the law is changed, physicians must be given a choice as to whether or not they will practice assisted suicide. In all likelihood there will be a limited number of physicians who actually offer the service, and, just as doctors who prescribe methadone are specifically registered to do so through their governing bodies, likely similar regulations will be imposed on physicians who do elect to practice assisted suicide. For that reason, in the event physician-assisted-suicide becomes legal, there needs to be a corresponding immunity protecting doctors who have acted in good faith and that prevents family members from suing them.
11/12/2014 05:44 EST
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