Government & policy
Ontario law empowers allied health
TORONTO – According to the
provincial government, Ontarians will soon have better access to
healthcare and more choices in who provides it, as Bill 179 was passed
earlier this month with unanimous support. Upon proclamation, the bill
will give nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physiotherapists and other
health professionals the freedom to provide a wider range of healthcare
The Regulated Health Professions Statute Law Amendment Act, 2009 will
increase access to care for Ontarians by :
• allowing nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physiotherapists,
dietitians, midwives and medical radiation technologists to deliver more
services than 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
• removing restrictions on the drugs nurse practitioners may prescribe,
dispense, compound and sell.
“Allowing our health care professionals to make better use of their
skills and talents will offer many more choices to patients and increase
access to care. This legislation is a great step forward in delivering
sustainable health care to all Ontarians,” said Deb Matthews, Minister
of Health and Long-Term Care.
“This is a good day for Ontarians. The expanded authority of NPs will
serve the public well by opening further the access to primary care. NPs
play a central role in all sectors of health care and the public must
fully benefit from their expertise.,” said Wendy Fucile, President,
Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario.
Posted Dec.10, 2009