In April 2018, the CSPCP joined the Ontario Medical Association and six other organizations to advocate for Dan’s Law – which seeks to remove the three-month waiting period for access to OHIP-funded palliative care and home care for Canadian residents who move to or return to Ontario. Ontario has now indicated that changes will be made to OHIP to allow for this. Hopefully other provinces will follow suit. Huge thanks to Dr. Darren Cargill for garnering widespread support for this bill.
After months of negotiation, an agreement has been reached and publicly announced by Ontario’s Ministry of Health regarding high strength opioids. Ontario physicians who identify themselves as palliative care prescribers and are part of the Ontario Medical Association’s (OMA’s) Palliative Care Facilitated Access (PCFA) Program will continue to be able to prescribe high-strength opioids to any patient who requires them. These opioids will be provided at no cost under the Ontario Drug Benefit Program. For those physicians who are not part of PCFA, a mechanism has been created for them to also prescribe high-strength opioids if consultation with a palliative care physician has taken place.
The CSPCP issued a news release applauding this decision and encouraging other provinces to adopt similar policies.