Opportunities to have your say in health care
Posted: April 5, 2017
Opportunities to have your say in health care
There are currently a number of opportunities available for members of the public to have a voice in shaping aspects of health care policy and service delivery.
The Personal Health Information Act
The Personal Health Information Act became law in 1997. It’s a law about the rights of Manitobans to have access to their own person health information while having that information protected from inappropriate collection, use, disclosure, retention or destruction.
PHIA requires the Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living to undertake a comprehensive review of the operation of PHIA, which is intended to ensure that the act continues to meet its objectives and reflect contemporary needs.
A key part of the review is obtaining feedback from the public and key stakeholders on the act. The PHIA Review Discussion Paper is available for download at: http://www.gov.mb.ca/health/phia/review.html
The discussion paper takes readers through the current provisions of PHIA and some of the amendments made as a result of the last review of the act. It also provides some suggestions for further change.
We encourage you to participate in the review. Written submissions are to be forwarded to:
PHIA Review Legislative Unit Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living 300 Carlton Street, Winnipeg, MB R3B 3M9 Fax: 204-945-1020 Email: PHIAreview@gov.mb.ca
Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living (MHSAL) requests that comments and suggestions be submitted by no later than May 31, 2017. They also advise that individual responses to submissions will not be provided by the department to any person or organization submitting feedback in the review process.
For more information on PHIA or for clarification on any issues outlined in the PHIA Review Discussion Document, please contact the Ministry directly at PHIAreview@gov.mb.ca or by phone at 204-788-6612.
Provincial Invitation to participate in Wait Time Reduction Task Force Consultation
The Wait Time Reduction Task Force was established to examine and address waits for emergency care and priority procedures such as surgeries and diagnostic tests.
A public survey will open on April 4 and public consultations will be held in communities across the province. Manitobans are encouraged to participate in these discussions and offer their input. Responses will be used to develop the recommendations of the Wait Times Reduction Task Force committees.
The first public meetings about emergency services will be held in: Hamiota – April 3, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Hamiota and District Sports Complex, 200 Maple Dr. E. Dauphin – April 4, 6:30 to 9 p.m., St. Viator’s Roman Catholic Church, 307 Whitmore Ave E. Swan River – April 5, 1:30 to 4 p.m., Swan River War Veterans Community Hall, 119 Sixth Ave. N. The Pas – April 6, 1:30 to 4 p.m., Royal Canadian Legion Branch 19, Four Veterans Way (behind the Wescana Inn); and Thompson – Friday, April 7, 2 to 4:30 p.m., multi-purpose room, Vale Regional Community Centre, 274 Thompson Dr. S.
Additional community meetings for emergency services, as well as public meetings about surgical and diagnostic wait times, will be held later in April. Information about those meetings will be posted at http://www.gov.mb.ca/health/wtrtf.html as it becomes available.
Individuals who want to attend but may have special accessibility requirements can phone 1-855-259-9670 (toll-free) or email WTRTF@gov.mb.ca to share their needs with the meeting organizers.
Starting April 4, the survey can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/health/wtrtf.html.
Regional Invitation to participate in Accessibility Survey
As part of the provincial initiatives through the Accessibility for Manitobans Act, Interlake-Eastern RHA is committed to strive towards ensuring equal access and participation for all people, regardless of their abilities. As a people-centred organization, we consider the diversity of our community as a source of strength and richness and we embrace the opportunity to identify, remove and prevent accessibility barriers by meeting requirements of The Accessibility for Manitobans Act.
We’ve established an accessibility planning committee to put the Act to work in our region. This committee would like you to complete a short anonymous survey so that we can hear about your experiences and ideas for improvement. Barriers to accessibility are obstacles that may be systemic, technological, physical/architectural, information/ communication, or attitudinal in nature that make it difficult or sometimes impossible for people with different abilities to fully participate in school, work, social situations or receive health services.