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.

B.C. Introduces Long-Awaited Biosimilars Switching Policy

British Columbia’s Minister of Health, Adrian Dix, announced a series of policy changes yesterday designed to reduce the cost of biologic drugs and expand access to new medicines. These goals will be accomplished through the “Biosimilars Initiative,” a policy framework unveiled Monday morning that will transition most of the 20,000+ patients in B.C. currently receiving an originator biologic medicine to one of its biosimilars.

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Ford Government Tables First Fiscal Budget Amidst Period of Health Care Transformation

On Thursday, April 11, 2019, Ontario Finance Minister Vic Fedeli introduced the Progressive Conservatives’ first budget, ‘Protecting What Matters Most’. The plan is focused on setting a five-year path to a balanced budget while protecting public services such as health care and education. Health and education are the only two departments whose budgets are increasing over the course of this fiscal year.

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Ontario Government Announces Ontario Health Team (OHT) Application Process

On April 3, 2019, the Ontario Government released detailed guidance documents to health care providers interested in becoming an Ontario Health Team (OHT). OHTs are a core component of the government’s efforts to improve the province’s health system performance, and were announced by Christine Elliott, Minister of Health and Long-term Care, at the end of February.

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