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TORONTO, January 1, 2022 / CNW / – Healthcare will once again be a major focus in 2022, as the pandemic enters Year 3, Ontario disconnects fax machines and requests for decriminalization of possession of small quantities of controlled substances are considered by Ottawa. Watch for these important healthcare milestones compiled by the Ontario Medical Association at the start of the new year.

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January 1st: Ontario increases the minimum wage to $ 15 an hour of $ 14.35. Evidence shows that increases in the minimum wage improve the economic security of families, one of the main social determinants of health.

January 1st: The Ontario government is disconnecting public service fax machines. The fax machine has been around since 1843, and it survived even when email transformed communications. But from 2022, 1,500 telephone and fax lines will no longer be available to civil servants in the province. Doctors, pharmacies and hospitals are also increasingly turning to digital communications.

January 4th: Ontarians will be required to use a QR code and the Verify Ontario app in settings where proof of vaccination is required, such as restaurants and other high-risk businesses. The QR code can be used digitally or by printing a hard copy. People with a medical exemption will also need a verified certificate with a QR code.

March 28: Ontario had been planned to lift mask wearing requirements in indoor public spaces and to lift all other vaccine proof requirements. Omicron’s surge may result in continued restrictions.

May 7: The Canada Caregiver Recovery Benefit, which extended the caregiver benefit from 42 weeks to 44, and the Canada Sickness Recovery Benefit, which extended this benefit from four to six weeks, are set to expire. as the federal government ends income supports introduced to help people unable to work for reasons related to COVID-19.

1st of August: Temporary paid sick leave ends at Ontario employees whose employers generally do not provide them. This means that employers will no longer be reimbursed through the Workers’ Income Protection Benefit program for time off work for workers sick with COVID-19 or who are vaccinated. Ottawa, meanwhile, has introduced legislation to provide hundreds of thousands of federally regulated private sector workers with 10 days of sick pay.

2022: New federal measures in effect to increase penalties for those who harass or intimidate healthcare workers and patients, including doubling the maximum jail term for bullying to 10 years. Abuse and threats of violence against health workers escalated as anger over immunization warrants and other public health measures spread, and protests outside hospitals prevented ‘access for patients and health workers.

2022: Health Canada should decide whether it will grant the requested exemptions from the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to decriminalize personal possession of small amounts of controlled substances. The requests were made by Vancouver, the province of British Columbia and the City of Toronto. These jurisdictions argue that decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of illegal drugs will help fight the escalating crisis of opioid overdoses, other drug poisoning deaths and addictions.

2022: Doctors and other healthcare workers will continue to work despite a backlog of nearly 20 million medical services created by the COVID-19 pandemic – more than one patient service for every Ontarian, from youngest to oldest. These delayed services include preventive care, cancer screening, surgeries and procedures, routine vaccinations, and diagnostic tests such as MRIs and CT scans, mammograms and colonoscopies. The backlog will take years to clear up. Learn more about the backlog.

2022: If Ontario’s long-term care bill and amended retirement home act pass, long-term care home inspectors would be empowered to issue compliance orders immediately. The government could suspend a license and install a long-term care supervisor to resume operations without having to revoke a license. The number of inspectors would double with the hiring of 193 inspectors by the fall and the maximum fines for provincial offenses would also be doubled, reaching $ 1 million for a second offense.

About the OMA

The Ontario Medical Association represents from ontario Over 43,000 physicians, medical students and retired physicians, advocating and supporting physicians while strengthening the leadership role of physicians in patient care. Our vision is to be the trusted voice in transformation from ontario health care system.

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