Ontario's five-point plan to ease process for foreign-trained doctors

Ontario legislation to make health care a matter of 'public interest' in effort to make it easier for foreign-trained doctors to practice
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|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 06/27/2008

Ontario is hoping to make it easier for internationally trained health-care professionals to practice in the province.

The government introduced legislation — called Increasing Access to Qualified Health Professionals for Ontarians Act — that, if passed, will change the mandate of all regulatory colleges to acknowledge that access to health care is a matter of public interest. Ontario has 23 regulated health professions.

The province said the legislation is part of a bigger plan to remove barriers for internationally trained doctors. It will also be working closely with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario on regulation changes that would ease the transition to practice for foreign-trained doctors.