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Minimize the use of restraints and confinement in long-term care. Expand the list of acceptable prescribers under the Ontario Drug Benefit Program. These were just two of the recommendations RNAO’s CEO Doris Grinspun and Senior Economist Kim Jarvi presented on Nov. 16 at Queen’s Park.

In response to Bill 160, Strengthening Quality and Accountability for Patients Act, 2017, RNAO addressed the Standing Committee on General Government. Other key recommendations included:

- Supporting compliance measures in long-term care, but urge that fines only be imposed as a last resort. While homes generally have high rates of compliance, few have no citations. The legislation could result in widespread imposition of fines, which could reduce the resources needed to comply with expectations.

- Urging a total ban on the medical industry’s practice of making payments to health-care professionals and organizations. Until that happens, we welcome full public disclosure of these payments and urge a very low reporting threshold, with very few exemptions.

To learn more, please read our full submission and speaking notes.

Last Updated: 
2017-11-27