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December 2023 Case Law Summaries

  • January 09, 2024
  • Johann Annisette

On December 20th, 2023, Anna Lei and Hanna Rioseco of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP presented at the OBA Health Law Section – Case Law Update, summarizing recent important cases in the area. Both Anna and Hanna provided key takeaways from the three cases presented, which will be important to keep in mind for healthcare providers, individuals, and lawyers practicing within the field.

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Introducing your 2023 Susan Davidson Memorial Award for Excellence in Health Law Winner: Kate Dewhirst

  • November 03, 2023
  • Maria McDonald, Lonny Rosen, Sarah Virani

In this edition of the OBA Health Law’s Section Insider, we spoke with those who participated in nominating Kate Dewhirst, the 2023 recipient of the Susan Davidson Memorial Award for Excellence in Health Law. Kate is the founder of the law firm, Kate Dewhirst Health Law. Kate advises health care organizations on risk management, privacy, system integration, and credentialing issues.

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A Health Law, Data Management & Cyber Security Cheat Sheet

  • June 29, 2023
  • Eric S. Baum & Carina Lentsch

It is widely understood that professional services and health care are among the most common industries targeted by cyber attacks, which puts law firms practicing health law squarely in the crosshairs of cyber criminals. This “cheat sheet” document is intended to provide some practical suggestions for health law practitioners to consider when contemplating the increasingly thorny area of electronic data management and cyber security.

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Statistical and Circumstantial Evidence in Medical Malpractice Class Action Proceedings: Levac v James, 2023 ONCA 73

  • April 28, 2023
  • Lucy G. Jackson

This article summarizes an important medical negligence class proceeding decision that addresses the use of circumstantial evidence to support findings of negligence and discusses common, class-wide findings of breach of the standard of care and causation. The Court of Appeal approved of the lower court’s reliance on statistical evidence with respect to rates of infection and agreed that there was a causal link between the class members’ infections and the Defendant’s subpar IPAC practices.

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Reducing Barriers for US-trained Physicians to Practice in Ontario

  • April 28, 2023
  • Mina Karabit

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario has proposed changes to its registration policies to encourage more US-trained physicians to practice in Ontario. This article briefly highlights the different pathways through which physicians may become registered to practice in Ontario. The proposed policies are not yet in force and, for now, the old pathways still apply.

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New Healthcare Accessibility Standard: Implications for the Health Sector and Healthcare Professionals

  • January 10, 2023
  • Lindsay Carbonero

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (the "AODA") was enacted with the goal of creating an accessible Ontario by 2025. In 2017, the Health Care Standards Development Committee was asked to develop recommendations for a new accessibility health care standard. The Committee recently published their final recommendations, with broad implications on the health care sector.

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How Much is Enough: Meeting the threshold for the tort of intrusion upon seclusion

  • December 16, 2022
  • Sarah Virani

The Ontario Divisional Court's decision in Stewart v Demme, 2022 ONSC 1790, a class action case against William Osler Health System and one of its ex-nurses (Demme), discusses the tort of intrusion upon seclusion in the context of a privacy breach. The intrusion under review here, namely, accessing health information in order to misappropriate opioids and support Ms. Demme's addiction, was not so offensive or significant as to cry out for a remedy.

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Private Health Care in Canada is Back in the News

  • October 19, 2022
  • Janet Ozembloski, Anna Marrison, Heather Webster, Holly Ryan

Cambie Surgeries Corporation v British Columbia (Attorney General), 2022 BCCA 245 has brought the perennial subject of private health care once again to the fore. Though some patients may be deprived of the right to life and security of the person, allowing for private care would increase wait times even further for those who cannot access private care.

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