Canada to implement law requiring patients to show proof of vaccination for health care

The Canadian government announced Sunday the introduction of new proof of vaccination credentials for international travel, in order to encourage a culture of “evidence-based health care.” The rules, published in the Canada Gazette, will…

Canada to implement law requiring patients to show proof of vaccination for health care

The Canadian government announced Sunday the introduction of new proof of vaccination credentials for international travel, in order to encourage a culture of “evidence-based health care.” The rules, published in the Canada Gazette, will be enforced from April 1, 2019, and patients wishing to change their primary health care provider will have to obtain the new certification. Doctors will also be required to have the certificate for their treatment.

“Adopting proof of vaccination qualifies as a responsible and respectful act of health care,” Canada’s Minister of Health Ginette Petitpas Taylor said in a statement. “The days of relying on the trust of patients and providers will be numbered in the age of evidence-based health care.” Canada’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Ahmed Hussen added, “By implementing this streamlined and evidence-based system, Canada will lead by example by promoting healthy living, preserving the integrity of patient information and honoring the science.”

Canada will be following in the footsteps of the U.S., which has also launched a new process requiring patients to show proof of vaccination for the purposes of obtaining health care. Critics have pointed out, however, that the new standards do not guarantee a “credentialled” health care provider. In December, a study by Health Impact Group revealed that of the 50 proposed standards with the highest chances of being adopted, none of them would be mandatory. The study also found that a majority of those policies were intended to be used by health care providers to attract students and decrease the likelihood that a patient would obtain a certification against their will. “While the new system will protect the confidentiality of patients,” Health Impact Group’s Mat Shabtai said, “it is an important first step toward an evidence-based health care system.”

Read the full story at The Toronto Star.

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