Courses - Healthcare Law HESA 6360   Healthcare Law
This course provides instruction in the principles and practice of health law that are of relevance to health administrators in the public, private or public-private health sectors. By the end of the course, students will be familiar with many of the key laws and the public policy rationale that underlie them, will understand how the law applies to particular healthcare delivery situations, and will be able to identify potential and actual legal problems when they arise. The course beings by providing a foundation in the mechanics of the Canadian legal system (e.g., the difference between common law, statutes, and constitutional documents; the life cycle of a legal action from the initiation of a lawsuit to appealing a court decision) and by outlining the basic legal framework of Canada’s healthcare system, including the implementation and enforcement of the Canada Health Act and important legal constitutional challenges to the single-payer system. With this as a backdrop, the course takes a detailed look at fundamental health law topics, including: negligence as it relates to healthcare providers’ misdiagnosis and improper treatment of patients and institutional liability; the regulation of healthcare professionals; malpractice issues relating to consent to medical treatment; legal issues that attend the delivery of healthcare to minors; confidentiality of and access to health information, including mandatory reporting obligations of healthcare practitioners and institutions; decision-making about end of life care; mental health law; regulation of human biomedical research; and public health law.