Reinstate Ministry Subsidized Professional Liability Protection for Nurse Practitioners
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Beginning in 2005, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care began to subsidize Professional Liability Protection (PLP), for Nurse Practitioners working in the province of Ontario. The government was already subsidizing PLP for physicians, medical residents, midwives and employees working in hospitals and long-term care homes.
The government chose to subsidize PLP for Nurse Practitioners so that NPs could work in collaborative, team-based models across the health care system. The government and the organizations employing Nurse Practitioners wanted assurance that Nurse Practitioners had the right type and level of liability protection.
The subsidy from the Ministry of Health helped to pay for the excellent, high-level occurrence-based coverage provided by the Canadian Nurses Protective Society.
For the past 2 years, the Ministry has denied access to this subsidy for more than 2,500 members of the Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Ontario. The NPAO can no longer subsidize this amount from its operational budget. NPAO receives no government funding; it is entirely supported by its members.
Therefore be it resolved that:
The government of Ontario reinstate the subsidy for Professional Liability Protection so that All Nurse Practitioners have the right type and the right level of Professional Liability Protection to better serve their clients, to ensure collaborative, team-based care and to stabilize the health care system of Ontario.
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