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Ontario Health Information Privacy Legislation A Policy Analysis Facilitated by Alex Drossos December 3, 2002.

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1 Ontario Health Information Privacy Legislation A Policy Analysis Facilitated by Alex Drossos December 3, 2002

2 Agenda Introduction Historical Background Research Questions and Objectives Policy Process How a Bill Becomes a Law Legislative Powers What do you think? Findings Still to Come

3 Introduction Importance of Health Information Privacy Legislation Canadians value the privacy of their health information HIPAA in the US; also other Countries Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba (Quebec; BC/Alberta)

4 Historical Background Krever Commission First recommended legislation in 1980 PHIPA, 1999 For discussion only PHIPA, 2000 First reading Died on “Order Paper” PIPEDA, 2000 Federal Merger of Health and Private Sector Info PPIA, 2002 MCBS Takes Lead MOHLTC acts as advisor to Health related components Initial Version “Leaked” Now in 32 nd -33 rd Draft

5 Questions and Objectives How has the policy process unfolded? Why so many iterations? What has been the impact of stakeholder submissions? What is the current situation and where are things headed?

6 Policy Process Problem Definition / Agenda Setting Policy Implementation Policy Formulation & Adoption Evaluation

7 How a Bill Becomes a Law Pre-legislative Stages First ReadingSecond ReadingThird Reading Committee Royal Assent In Force

8 Legislative Powers Usually through a “Government Bill” Cabinet is collective executive Strong party discipline Extremely unlikely that a Government Bill will be defeated May be delayed, held up, or pushed aside End-product of consensus building

9 What do you think? Why so many iterations? What has been the stakeholder impact? What’s next??? Mike Wise reports on Health Privacy (CBC News) June 20, privacy/video.html

10 Findings Over 300 submissions from stakeholders (at PHIPA, 2000 iteration) Submission time period extended during PPIA, 2002 Plus stakeholder group meetings Has not followed the norm in terms of Government Bill process

11 Findings (cont’d) Media, media, media Read: Interests, values Politics, politics, politics Read: Actors, institutions Public opinion, public opinion, public opinion Read: Values

12 Still to Come… Recently delayed (again!) PIPEDA takes effect on Jan 1, 2004 Timing with provincial elections? Split into two pieces of legislation again? Will go through, but a matter of how soon!

13 Question and Answer Period


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