Ontario could face Charter challenge over law forcing some elderly hospital patients into nursing homes – CBC

Province says law meant to help ease pressures on hospitals overwhelmed by ER visits, surgical backlogs

Nov 21, 2022

Health-care advocates say they are preparing a possible constitutional challenge to an Ontario law that allows some discharged elderly hospital patients to be forced into a nursing home they did not choose.

Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition, describes the More Beds Better Care Act as “fundamentally discriminatory” against the frail and elderly.

Bill 7 passed in late August and came into effect Sept. 21, but the full scope of the law was only realized Sunday when one of its most controversial components kicked in. Ontario hospitals are now required to charge a mandatory fee of $400 per day to discharged patients who refuse to go to a long-term care home arranged on their behalf.

Mehra says there is currently no way to appeal if patients are forced somewhere they don’t want to go.

“We’re going to take it to the courts and ask the courts to strike it down,” Mehra says.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-elderly-forced-nursing-home-bill-7-challenge-1.6659119

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