The Bancroft Institute has announced details of its upcoming May 14 Policy & Research Discussion session – “How Characteristics of Workers’ Compensation Systems Affect Doctors: A Comparative Study of Québec and Ontario”. Keynote speakers Katherine Lippel (Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa), Joan Eakin (Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto), Linn Holness (University of Toronto, St Michael’s Hospital) and Dana Howse (Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto) will discuss their study on the challenges of medical evidence in the workers’ compensation system.
Where and when:
Tuesday, May 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Elmsley Hall -Charbonnel Lounge
University of St Michael’s College (University of Toronto)
81 St Mary’s Street (Museum subway station)
Refreshments to be served. RSVP appreciated but not necessary: BancroftInstitute@gmail.com. The event is free, with a suggested donation of $10 for waged attendees. Tokens available for the unwaged.
Welcome and introduction
Injured worker presentations (Will Noiles, St Catharines & Daniela Ruiz, Toronto)
Panel commentary (including Laura Lunansky, Injured Workers Consultants (IWC); David Chezzi, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
The researchers’ study examined similarities and differences between the workers’ compensation systems in Ontario and Québec and their implications for the role, practices and perspectives of doctors. Similarities included: 1) doctors played key gatekeeping roles in both systems (control access); 2) the bureaucratic process was problematic for treating physicians; 3) the doctors’ gatekeeping role was a source of discomfort and difficulty for treating physicians; 4) decisions as to work relatedness were reserved for the workers’ compensation board. Key differences included: 1) the opinion of the treating physician in Québec was binding on the board on a number of issues, and formal contestation proceedings were required if the board or employers wished to set aside those opinions; 2) Ontario physicians played somewhat different though less visible gatekeeping roles. Implications for doctors and workers will be discussed.
Accessible Entrance and Instructions for TTC Wheel-Trans Users
Access to Elmsley Hall, 81 St. Mary Street, Toronto
Stop at the dead-end loop on St. Mary Street. Use the side walk in front of the building to go around to the back entrance which is accessible. Please note that there’s a front entrance facing St. Mary Street, but it is not accessible, as it has two steps. Please email in advance if you need additional instructions or would like to
have someone meet you at the entrance.