Taxation of Extended Health Benefits Plans Off the Table
There has been a lot of speculation recently that the Trudeau government intends to tax employer or union-funded extended health benefits in the next Federal Budget. In the House of Commons on February 2, Conservative MP Denis Lebel asked if the government intends to tax dental and health care plans. The Prime Minister responded that "it was never in our plan to increase taxes as suggested by the Member". The Prime Minister said much the same in response to an earlier question from the Leader of the Opposition.
OPMA Past President Bruce Ramsden Meets Health Minister Eric Hoskins
Bruce Ramsden (OPMA Past President), right, and Eric Hoskins (Minister of Health and Long-Term Care), left.
OPMA's Submission to HPRAC
With the support of the OPMA, the College of Chiropodists asked the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to initiate a review by the Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council (HPRAC) on the proposal to convert to a podiatry model, analogous to the models operating in British Columbia and Alberta, not to mention all US states and an increasing number of foreign jurisdictions. The OPMA made two submissions to HPRAC regarding the Chiropody and Podiatry review.
On August 28, 2015, HPRAC transmitted its reports on Ontario's footcare model and the chiropody and podiatry professions to the Minister and Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. In September, the Minister determined that he wants the Ministry to do additional work relating to HPRAC's recommendations pertaining to the podiatric scope of practice. At this time we have not been given the timeframe for the work to be completed and the report to be released.
Representatives of the OPMA have met with Minister Hoskins himself several times, as well as with the members of his personal staff who are responsible for this file and with senior Ministry officials. The OPMA has also been very actively engaged with the College and with the OSC. The OSC has indicated that it is "100%" supportive of the College's recommendations to HPRAC and we are all working together to try to get the necessary legislation drafted, tabled in the Legislature and passed before the next election in June, 2018.
NTERNATIONAL PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS
Canadian Podiatrist Receives Fellowship from RCPSG
On October 27, 2016, Robert Chelin, DPM was conferred a fellowship at the University of Glasgow at a elaborate ceremony from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (RCPSG). The ceremony was attended by over 500 practitioners of various specialties in the prestigious "Butte Hall", a very historic building at the university.
Robert Chelin at the RCPS (Glasgow)
OPMA Participates in the Annual Women's Liberal Caucus Golf Tournament at Rattlesnake Point, August 25, 2016
Dr. Kel Sherkin represented the OPMA at the annual Women's Liberal Caucus Golf Tournament in August and was gratified by the opportunity to be able to speak to both the Premier and Deputy Premier about the podiatry profession and the opportunities to more fully use podiatrists to the benefit of Ontario's healthcare delivery system.
From left to right: Debbie Humphreys, Acting CEO, Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors; Don Gracey, The CG Group; Premier Kathleen Wynne; Dr. Kel Sherkin, OPMA President; Dr. Frances Flint, Board Member, Ontario Athletic Therapist Association.
From left to right: Debbie Humphreys, Acting CEO, Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors; Kel Sherkin, President, OPMA; the Hon. Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier and Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Digital Government; Dr. Frances Flint, Board Member, Ontario Athletic Therapist Association; and Don Gracey, The CG Group.
Congrats to OPMA members on the September 12th, 2015 walkathon!
2016 Foot Health Month Theme is CANCER
Podiatrists from around the world are coming to Canada, May 26th - 28th 2016 in Montreal. Ontario Podiatrists will be among the foot health experts exploring best practices in treatment advances.
**If you are a veteran, you don't need a referral from a physician to receive coverage for podiatry services.**
Hartley Miltchin, DPM, on behalf of The Ontario Podiatric Medical Association appeared on TORONTO’S NUMBER ONE MORNING SHOW, BREAKFAST TELEVISION on CITY TV to promote FOOT HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH in May 2014.