February 2018

  • February 01, 2018

An Act to Follow:
Ontario’s Health Sector Payment Transparency Act 

In late 2017, the Ontario government introduced Bill 160, Strengthening Quality and Accountability for Patients Act, 2017, a far-reaching omnibus Bill that amends numerous statutes and enacts two new statutes; one of which is the Health Sector Payment Transparency Act (the “Act”). The Bill received Royal Assent in December 2017, and the Act is scheduled to come into force at a future date. Policy-makers as well as legal and health practitioners are keeping close watch on the Act, as it would require health-care professionals to disclose payments received from pharmaceutical companies (among other defined “payors”). The Act would make Ontario the first province in Canada to legislate such disclosure. Other provinces have taken notice and it would be noteworthy to follow the progress of the Act and its impact across the country. Similar legislation exists in Australia, Japan, the United States and several European countries. 

Resource Highlight

The Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders: DSM-5 by the American Psychiatric Association is a well-regarded print resource, offering a wealth of information for practitioners. Courthouse Libraries carries this 5th edition title in a number of their branch locations. If you are looking for the title and it isn’t located at a branch convenient to you, speak to one of their team members about the Book-in-a-Box Service or visit their courthouselibrary.ca website to learn more.