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Ontario Health Freedom Bill

Message: 3
Date: Fri, 5 Jan 2001 11:03:47 -0800
From: "Saul Pressman"
Subject: Ontario Health Freedom Bill

Free...At Last!
By Eugene Fox

On December 21, 2000 history was quietly made in the Legislature of the Province of Ontario, Canada. A law was passed that is significant to us all, no matter where we live. It is "Bill 2, An Act to amend the Medicine Act, 1991." It is a rarity for a private member's bill (not sponsored by the Government) to pass. This one passed unanimously.

Monte Kwinter, Liberal MPP, the bill's author, comments, "(it is) sublime in its wording but profound in its impact." Very true, health care will never be the same!

This is the official explanation of the Act: "The Bill ensures that physicians who provide non-traditional therapies or alternative forms of medicine are not found guilty of professional misconduct or incompetence unless there is evidence that proves that the therapy poses a greater risk to a patient's health than the traditional or prevailing practice."

Mr. Kwinter explains, "(the bill has) only has 68 words, and it says: 'A member (of the College of Physicians and Surgeons) shall not be found guilty of professional misconduct or of incompetence under section 51 or 52 of the Health Professions Procedural Code solely on the basis that the member practices a therapy that is non-traditional or that departs from the prevailing medical practice unless there is evidence that proves that the therapy poses a greater risk to a patient's health than the traditional or prevailing practice.'

The bondage has been broken! Ontario doctors are now unshackled. They can now advocate alternative therapies for their patients without fear of reprisal. This is a new day!

Forwarded by Dr. Saul Pressman, DCh

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