Administrative Law

Administrative law is the body of law that governs the activities of administrative agencies of government. Government agency action can include rulemaking, adjudication, or the enforcement of a specific regulatory agenda. Administrative law is considered a branch of public law.

Canada Health Act

The Canada Health Act (CHA) a piece of Canadian federal legislation, adopted in 1984, which specifies the conditions and criteria with which the provincial and territorial health insurance programs must conform in order to receive federal transfer payments under the Canada Health Transfer. These criteria require universal coverage of all insured services (for all “insured persons”)[1] “Insured health services” means hospital services, physician services and surgical-dental services provided to insured persons, if they are not otherwise covered, for example by Workers Safety Insurance.

Chaoulli v Quebec

Chaoulli v Quebec (AG) [2005] 1 S.C.R. 791, 2005 SCC 35, was a decision by the Supreme Court of Canada of which the Court ruled that the Quebec Health Insurance Act and the Hospital Insurance Act prohibiting private medical insurance in the face of long wait times violated the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. In a 4 to 3 decision, the Court found the Acts violated Quebecers’ right to life and security of person under the Quebec Charter. The ruling is binding only in Quebec. Three of the seven judges also found that the laws violated section seven of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Cambie v Medical Services Commission of BC

In January 2009, a group of for-profit medical clinics, led by Dr. Brian Day, launched a constitutional challenge against the BC provincial government to fundamentally change the way that public health care is delivered in the province. The clinics are fighting to have the court strike out provincial laws that restrict private billing for medical services in BC on the basis that those laws are unconstitutional. The clinics have launched a direct attack on the single most important feature of the Medicare model: that health care be provided according to a patient’s need and not his or her ability to pay. 

Comparative Health Systems

Governance and Accountability in Health

Health Human Rights

Public/Private Health System Financing

Mental Health Law

Mental health law includes a wide variety of legal topics that pertain to people with a diagnosis or possible diagnosis of a mental health condition, and to those involved in managing or treating such people.

Regulation of Health Services


Health Technology Assessment

Long-Term Care

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