Important Update on the Lung Health Act and The Ontario Lung Health Consultation Group
Dec 13, 2017
On November 29, 2017 The Ontario Lung Health Consultation Group was formally announced, which represents a true milestone for The Lung Association and the people of Ontario as it changes the future of lung health for of all Ontarians.
This group will be dedicated to providing provincially-based advice and recommendations on lung health to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to make improvements in lung health awareness, diagnosis, treatment and care. Its goal will be to work towards the development and implementation of an Ontario Lung Health Action Plan that will provide a coordinated approach to prevent lung disease, improve patient outcomes and reduce healthcare spending.
However, in the days following the announcement, even more exciting progress was made.
Inspired by the reaction to the announcement, and the promise that this group represents, the three political parties of the Ontario Legislature came together in a demonstration of true non-partisanship and commitment to the health of Ontarians, and reached an agreement to pass Bill 71 – The Lung Health Act in the final says of the fall 2017 legislative session.
On Tuesday, December 12th in the Legislature, Bill 71 was passed by unanimous consent. The consultation group will now be enacted into law as The Ontario Lung Health Advisory and the breathing future of Ontarians just became much brighter.
Thank you to the members of the Lung Health Caucus, our donors, partners, volunteers and staff for all of your support in getting us to where we are today.
We could not have done it without you.