Ontario Unleashes Potential In Health Care

    Safer And Increased Access To Care For Ontarians

    TORONTO, May 11 /CNW/ -


    Ontario wants to give nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physiotherapists
and other medical professionals the freedom to provide a wider range of health
services. Patients would get better access to health care and have more
choices in who provides it.

    The government will propose legislation later today that would increase
access to care by:

    -   Allowing nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physiotherapists,
        dietitians, midwives and medical radiation technologists to deliver
        more services that they are now qualified to provide.
    -   Changing the rules for administering, prescribing, dispensing,
        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.

    The Regulated Health Professions Statute Law Amendment Act, 2009 would
also improve patient safety and strengthen the health care system by:

    -   Requiring health colleges to work together to develop common
        standards of knowledge, skill and judgment 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.


    "By using the human resources we have, we can provide Ontarians with the
health care they need safely, quickly and in more places. Our health care
professionals are talented and skilled. It's time to expand their duties to
match their qualifications and training. It will mean a more rewarding
experience for them, and for all of us."
    - Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario

    "Our government wants to ensure our health care providers are able to
practice to the fullest extent of their education and training for the benefit
of their patients. This legislation would provide more efficient and effective
care from health care providers, and enhance team-based care between Ontario's
regulated health professions."
    - David Caplan, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care


    -   The proposed legislation is part of HealthForceOntario, the
        province's health human resources strategy for ensuring Ontarians
        have access to the right number and mix of qualified health care
        providers, now and in the future.

    Read more about HealthForceOntario (http://www.healthforceontario.ca/).

    Find out more about how Ontario is improving patient care

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