News and Insights

The Santis team shares its insights on the key sectors and factors driving decisions and change in the health care and life sciences sector across Canada.

Ontario’s Appropriateness Working Group Submits First Phase Recommendations

On Thursday, August 22, 2019, the first phase recommendations of Ontario’s Appropriateness Working Group were announced and included 11 recommendations, making changes to OHIP-insured services, tests, and procedures for patients in Ontario. Phase two is ongoing and an announcement on those recommendations are expected in the Spring. These recommendations have already been accepted by the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Medical Association (OMA).

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Health Canada Announces Long-Awaited PMPRB Reforms

Health Canada recently announced final regulations to reduce the price of patented drugs in Canada. The new regulations represent the most significant changes to the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB) since its creation in 1987.

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Update on Next Steps for Ontario Health Teams

On July 18, 2019, the Minister of Health and representatives from the Ministry of Health hosted a webinar about the next steps in the development of Ontario Health Teams. From the 157 self-assessments the Ministry received in May, they have identified four categories: proceeding to full application, in development, in discovery and innovative models.

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