is about empowering patients and giving them tools and information so that they can make better, more informed decisions about their own health care…t's important to have this level of transparency and accountability. It creates even more confidence in our health-care system.
When these transfers of value take place they can have unintended consequences…
his isn’t suggesting at all the transfers are inappropriate. It’s important that the value and nature of those transfers . . . be made transparent.
I think there’s been a big blind spot in our health system for a long time. This helps address that… “It allows us to gain insight into some of the interactions between the pharmaceutical industry and health-care professionals that we previously had no idea about.Dr. Boozary hopes that Ontario’s move will help spur action both in other provinces and federally. Dr. Hoskins echoes these sentiments, and has stated that ideally Ontario’s action on this will “inspire” his counterparts. We will continue to follow developments in this proposed legislation and will provide updates as they become available. At Wise Health Law, we provide exceptional guidance on health law matters to regulated health professionals, regulated health professional associations, public hospitals, and other health-care organizations across the province. We monitor trends and developments in health care, medicine, and health law so that we can provide outstanding and forward-thinking legal advice to each of our clients. Contact us online, or at 416-915-4234 for a consultation.
In December 2019, Ontario’s Attorney General introduced Bill 161, the Smarter and Stronger Justice Act (the “Act”), which became law on July 8, 2020. The Act hopes to simplify a complex and outdated justice system by bringing changes to how legal aid services are delivered, how class actions are handled, and how court processes are administered.
Of note, the Act has amended the Judicial Review Procedures Act (JRPA) to establish new rules as to when an application for judicial review may be brought.
Any decisions made on or after July 8, 2020 are now subject to a 30-day limit for bringing an application for judicial review unless another Act provides otherwise. Courts, however, retain powers to extend the time for making an application for judicial review if satisfied that there are apparent grounds for relief and that no prejudice or hardship will be incurred by the delay. Before these amendments, the JRPA did not set out any time limits for bringing an application, but courts had powers to extend the time to bring an application if another Act prescribed the limit.