Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd – TTL Health Law

Despite Being Denied Basic Democratic Dispute Resolution, Doctors Need to Keep Fighting for Fair Treatment

The Ontario healthcare world is abuzz about the latest development in the ongoing battle between the Ontario Medical Association (OMA), its members, particularly those who are opposed to the tentative Patient Services Agreement…more
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When is a Bargaining Agent not a Bargaining Agent in Democratic Society

Introduction Union membership is supposed to offer greater bargaining power for employees who join the union and surrender to the bargaining agent the right to negotiate on their behalf all work-related and salary matters with…more
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In Negotiations, Binding Arbitration is Non-Negotiable

On July 11, 2016, the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) made an unexpected announcement to its members – it had reached a tentative four-year agreement with the Ontario government. The press release posted on the OMA website…more
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What Ontario Doctors Can Do to Make the Provincial Government Treat Them Fairly

pro·ce·dur·al fair·ness noun 1. the duty to act fairly when making decisions that affect people’s rights 2. the legitimate expectation that decisions affecting your rights will be made using a fair, impartial, and open…more
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This Is How Doctors Can Take a Stand against the Ontario Government over Fee Cuts

In the latest chapter in the ongoing dispute between Ontario physicians and the provincial Liberals over cuts to doctor’s fees, the government, on October 9th, informed the OMA that they have refused to accept the Ontario…more
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All the Pain and None of the Gain: Doctors Fees and the Need for a Free-Market System

For several years now, the Ontario government and it’s 28,000 physicians have been playing a game of give and take or, more accurately, give and take, take, take. While dating back decades, for ease of argument, let’s start in…more
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No-Fault Medical Insurance: Be Careful What You Wish For

Dalhousie University law professor Elaine Gibson, who recently called for a sweeping overhaul of the system and a move to a no-fault medical insurance system, should be careful what she wishes for: it might come…more
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A More Cost-Effective Way to Insure Canadian Doctors

Things aren’t always as they appear, looks can be deceiving, and all that glitters is not gold. Any and all of these phrases come to mind when considering the Canadian Medical Protection Association (CMPA), a not-for-profit…more
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Why We Need to Listen to What Ontario Doctors Are Saying About Fee Cuts

With all due respect to Globe and Mail Public Health Reporter André Picard and his assessment that the social-media voice of Ontario doctors is sounding “shrill, self-indulgent, and counterproductive” as they continue their…more
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Clearing up the Confusion in Regulating Ontario’s Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists

In the Chinese culture, grandparents play an important and valued role. The time, support and care they extend to their families benefit not only those in their immediate care but the greater community as a whole. The same holds…more
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Protecting the Rights and Confidential Health Information of Transgender Individuals

In 1968, the Phillip Morris Company introduced Virginia Slims, a brand of cigarette’s marketed to young, professional women. The brand’s famous slogan, “You’ve come a long way, baby” was a nod to the professional, economic and…more
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Do No Harm. Nicely.

If I could give Dr. David Mumford just one piece of advice, I would remind him it’s not necessarily what you say but how you say it. Dr. Mumford, a surgeon who practices at Trillium Health Centre, was the subject of a…more
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Doctors’ Religious Beliefs: Round Two

In a blog post last August, I discussed the heated debate that was taking place regarding whether doctors should be allowed to refuse treatment on moral or religious ground. At that time, the College of Physicians and Surgeons…more
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DIN You Know? Why Medical Marijuana is Not a Legal Drug in Canada

Last month, the Globe and Mail ran an editorial questioning whether Health Canada’s oversight of medical marijuana had “gone to pot”. The piece outlines the history of medical marijuana legislation in Canada, the potential for…more
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Backroom Deals vs. Public Shaming: Transparency and Physician Error

As if we didn’t already have enough on our plates, the Toronto Star now wants us to add, Serve as judge and jury when doctors mess up to our list of things to do. In a recent editorial, the Star suggested that “backroom deals…more
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