Patients' Bill of Rights

An Act to establish the rights of patients in relation to health, treatment and records

This bill was last introduced in the 37th Parliament, 1st Session, which ended in September 2002.


Greg Thompson  Progressive Conservative

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Not active, as of Feb. 12, 2001
(This bill did not become law.)


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Patients' Bill Of RightsRoutine Proceedings

February 12th, 2001 / 3:05 p.m.
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Progressive Conservative

Greg Thompson Progressive Conservative New Brunswick Southwest, NB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-261, an act to establish the rights of patients in relation to health, treatment and records.

Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure to introduce the patients bill of rights. The purpose of the bill is to establish the rights of Canadians to consistent quality health care services across Canada, personal rights respecting the receipt of health care services, and the corresponding responsibilities of patients in dealing with health professionals.

The Minister of Health would be required to seek the commitment of the provinces to adopt and protect these rights and responsibilities. Full fiscal transfers are dependent on provinces agreeing to the principles embodied in this enactment.

What better time is there to talk about health care than following an election where it was the number one topic. Hopefully the bill will go a long way toward resolving some of our health care issues.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)