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How much do you know about your healthcare professional?


Today, there are teams of healthcare professionals looking after your health and personal wellbeing. Each professional serves a unique function. While they have distinct skills, the regulatory colleges that oversee them are in place to protect the public interest.

If you’re getting treatment from a health practitioner like a chiropractor, midwife or optometrist, it’s a good idea to find out as much information as you can about them. 

Ontario’s health regulators have launched a new website to help you find reliable and up-to-date information about your healthcare professionals.

It is a one-stop gateway to the websites of all 26 health regulators in Ontario. From the website you can find the most trustworthy information about how health colleges work to protect you and your family. You will also find information about the public services available to you from health colleges. Most importantly, you will find information about the health professionals they regulate to make sure you and your family have safe, ethical and quality healthcare.

It’s simple to view your healthcare professional’s record by checking with their regulatory college.

Each college has a public register of the professionals they oversee that you can search on their website. Registers list the professional’s qualifications – where and what they are allowed to practise, if a healthcare professional has ever been disciplined and if limits have been put on their practice because of professional misconduct.

Ontario has more than 300,000 practising healthcare professionals. These are members of health professions – like doctors, dentists, occupational therapists, pharmacists and some 20 others – that fall under the Regulated Health Professions Act. Regulatory colleges set the standards for practice and have programs to ensure that professionals practice safely and effectively. They are regulated by colleges who protect the public by holding their members responsible for their conduct and practice, whether they are a doctor in a clinic or a lab technologist. 

Did you know that only members of these health colleges can use the title of a healthcare professional? Only these professionals, unlike unregulated care providers, are responsible to an Ontario health regulator for the quality of care they deliver.

Here’s what to do when visiting a healthcare professional:

Take an active part in your care. It is your right to ask questions and get clear answers about your health issues and treatment options.

Have an open discussion about costs and fees. Your healthcare professional should explain anything you are paying for.

Give informed consent. After getting all the information you need, you can agree to or refuse any procedure for any reason at any time.

Get a second opinion. You have the right to seek advice from another healthcare professional on any issue about your health.

Have your privacy protected. The personal health information you disclose to your healthcare professional is confidential. You have the right to view and get a copy of your own information.

It is the job of Ontario’s health regulators to ensure that you are treated with skill and fairness. More info at ontariohealthregulators.ca.                                                                   

– NEWS CANADA 

Posted: Nov 30, 2017

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