April 24, 2018
The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care has postponed approval of the proposed Health Sector Payment Transparency Act (HSPTA) regulations. The original plan was to have this neatly crossed off the Ministry’s to-do list prior to the election but this timeline will no longer be upheld. Perhaps this need to revisit the regulations in the fall is due to all the serious questions and concerns brought forth by various stakeholders that could not be easily addressed in such a short period of time. The implementation of legislation such as this, that is ground-breaking for Canada, requires deeper consideration to flush out many of the challenges that stakeholders have identified.
The Ministry has not extended the April 6th deadline for input that has now come and gone. However, the current implementation timelines will be adjusted. We have no word on the expected timing for execution of the HSPTA but chances are the requirement for data collection will no longer begin January 2019 and as such, the first publication date will likely be pushed back from the original timing of mid-2020.
Consumer Health Products of Canada posted this information on their NETfacts communication and also highlighted their request to the Ministry to exempt OTC’s from the final regulations. Input from CHP Canada, IMC as well as many other stakeholders raise questions and issues that will need to be addressed by the MOHLTC.
Given the upcoming election in Ontario, there are many unknowns regarding the status and shape these regulations may adopt, not to mention the uncertainty of which governing party may be addressing the HSPTA in the fall.
For more information, please contact Marla Weingarten, Consultant, The Pangaea Group.