Bill 71, Lung Health Act, 2016
Bill 71, Lung Health Act, 2016 is a private members Bill sponsored by Ted Meekin MPP, Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough and supported by Jeff Yurek, MPP, Elgin–Middlesex—London and France Gélinas, MPP, Nickel Belt. The Bill builds upon the work that the Ontario Lung Association and the Ontario Lung Health Alliance, of which the RTSO is a part, had done in developing a draft Ontario Lung Health Action Plan, a comprehensive plan aimed at helping Ontarians breathe with ease.
Key elements of the plan include:
- Establishing a Lung Health Advisory Council that will make recommendations to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care on lung health issues;
- Developing and implementing a Lung Health Action Plan respecting research, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of lung disease;
- Require the Minister to consider the recommendations and reports of the Lung Health Advisory Council and to make improvements in lung health awareness, diagnosis, treatment and care
RTSO advocacy related to the Lung Health Act includes: