The Canadian health care system, which has been built on the hospital-houses initially founded by religious orders, society women and other philanthropists over 150 years ago, is today a complex system overseen by local, regional, provincial and federal regulators. Their jurisdiction springs from a myriad of sometimes overlapping and conflicting conventions, rules, by-laws, policies, guidelines, directives, regulations and laws. Knowledge of this regime is key to successfully operating within the sector.
We work with these conventions, rules, by-laws, policies, guidelines, directives, regulations and laws every day. In fact, we wrote some of them. With this knowledge, we provide advice to clients about all aspects of their dealings in the sector, whether it is provided in specific opinions, or whether it informs positions to be taken in negotiations, clauses to be added to policies or agreements, processes to be followed in transferring licences or other assets, due diligence to be undertaken before introducing new health service offerings or forming new alliances or within measures designed to reduce the risk of liability.
We act for publicly funded organizations, professional colleges, charities, private corporations and individuals that provide, fund, regulate or service the provision of health care delivery. Our clients include hospitals and health authorities, long-term care homes, health care professionals and their regulatory colleges, home care companies, family health teams, family health organizations, independent health facilities and private clinics, among others.
We can advise you with respect to conventions, rules, by-laws, policies, guidelines, directives, regulations and laws pertaining to:
- Health insurance
- Long-term care homes
- Mental health
- Local health integration networks
- Regional health authorities
- Consent and capacity issues
- Regulation of health professionals
- Independent health facilities
- Private clinics
- Family health teams
- Diagnostic imaging
- Laboratories (labs)
- Assisted death policies and guidance
- Drugs and pharmacies