A virtual or in-person health appointment may seem stressful under current circumstances, but a little planning and communication can help you make the most of every visit. Ontario has more than 400,000 regulated health professionals including doctors, massage therapists, physiotherapists, opticians, occupational therapists and more. Regulated health professionals have been following the direction of the Ministry of Health and the guidance of their […]
Many of Ontario’s regulated health professionals have been allowed to resume practising after months of having to reduce or suspend their services to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This change means that you can now see a dentist, audiologist, chiropractor, or massage therapist, among other professionals, for more than just emergency care. You may […]
The COVID-19 pandemic may have changed the way you visit some regulated health professionals, but business has continued for the organizations that oversee them. Ontario’s 26 health regulatory colleges have continued to operate throughout the pandemic to ensure that regulated health professionals are competent, that new applicants are qualified to practice, and that concerns and […]
To provide the best care, health professionals gather key information about their patients and clients. You can do this too for the health professionals treating you and your loved ones. Did you know information about health professionals is readily available online? It’s there so you can make informed choices about the care you want and […]
When it comes to our health, it’s understandable to want to be informed. Many Ontarians search online for health information and use health and fitness apps. Having healthcare information at your fingertips can be invaluable for people who want to take care of themselves and their families. Yet there are downsides, such as separating good […]
Everyone is entitled to determine what happens with their health. That’s why healthcare professionals can’t do treatments or procedures without your agreement. This involves more than a simple “yes” or “no.” Deciding on your care has to be based on a thorough understanding of what will and could happen. This is the basis of informed […]
When it comes to your health care, how do you view yourself? You’re not just a patient or client but a health consumer. For any consumer, it’s important to understand and exercise your rights.
Patients and clients have a unique relationship with their health professionals, one that is based on trust. A power imbalance exists because we rely on the unique knowledge, skill and judgment of these practitioners, and we may not feel comfortable asking questions or fully understand the dynamics of the professional relationship.