Defending Your Healthcare Rights

Defending Your Healthcare Rights on Bill 8, Section 5

Ontario Ombudsman – Health Oversight

On July 8, 2014, the former Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Deb Matthews (now the President of the Treasury Board), introduced Bill 8, the “Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act”, which proposes changes to several statutes. The bill is proposing to expand the Ontario Ombudsman’s jurisdiction to include municipalities, universities and school boards. Healthcare is excluded from the Ontario Ombudsman’s jurisdiction, but it is proposed that it be covered through changes in the Provincial the Excellent Care for All Act, 2010 (ECFAA).

On November 4, 2014, Mary Gavel, Director – Navigator & Client Advocacy at iCare Home Health, was invited to make a presentation and submission on the Government of Ontario’s Bill 8, the “Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act”, to the Standing Committee on General Government. Here is a full transcript of the presentation and submission.

Submission: Standing Committee on General Government Regarding Bill 8, Section 5

Presenter: Mary Gavel, Director, Navigator & Patient Advocacy iCare Home Health Services

Date: November 24, 2014

Thank you for the opportunity to be here today. I am Mary Gavel, Director of Navigator and Patient Advocacy at iCare Home Health Services. In my current role I am responsible for a Healthcare Advocacy and Navigation Service that provides support and education to patients and family about the ins and outs of the healthcare system. iCare Navigator was launched in September 2014 in response to clients with questions about going forward within the public healthcare sector with concerns for fear that there would be a negative impact on their ongoing care and they were at a loss as to how to navigate the healthcare system and how to advocate for the healthcare that they needed. Read More…