New Medical Reporting Requirements effective July 1, 2018

The Highway Traffic Act (HTA) has been amended to include both mandatory and discretionary reporting for certain healthcare practitioners. Medical reporting requirements in the HTA have been strengthened to: enhance road safety; clarify which conditions healthcare practitioners are required to report; and, improve the ministry's ability to identify potentially unsafe drivers.

Effective July 1, 2018, it will be mandatory for physicians, nurse practitioners and optometrists to report certain high risk medical conditions, functional impairments and visual impairments. The list of prescribed conditions can be found in Ontario Regulation 340/94, s. 14.1(3).

Also included is discretionary reporting by physicians, nurse practitioners, optometrists and occupational therapists for any person who, in the opinion of the healthcare practitioner, has or appears to have a medical condition, functional impairment or visual impairment that may make it dangerous for the person to drive.

New Medical Reporting Form - A new medical reporting form for use by physicians, nurse practitioners and occupational therapists will be used for both mandatory and discretionary reports. The form has been approved by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and the Ontario Medical Association and will be available here as of July 1, 2018.

New Vision Reporting Form - A new vision reporting form for optometrists has been updated with the new reporting requirements for vision conditions. The form has been approved by the Ontario Association of Optometrists and will be available here as of July 1, 2018.

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