Establishing Standards for Private Medical and Surgical Centres in Ontario

November 7, 2023 11:00am

Stasia Bogdan
Director Planning & Redevelopment, Providence, St. Joseph’s
Unity Health Toronto

Kirsten Reite

Private healthcare in Canada has been available for many years in the form of elective and cosmetic surgery however due to demand, driven in part by COVID 19 and the associated wait times, private, non-hospital medical and surgical centres are fast becoming a partner in our public system. The passage of Ontario’s health reform bill earlier this year shows a deepening commitment to this partnership by allowing more private clinics to offer select publicly funded procedures. It’s a critical time to explore standards for these clinics to ensure patient safety. This discussion will focus on:

  • Non-Hospital ambulatory care model specifically concerning design impacts of CSA, accreditation, and building systems impacts compared to hospital facilities
  • Applying standards and contemplated revisions to the current edition of the CSA standard, which will further inform future builds for a more robust model of standardization and public safety