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Lexpert: Navigating the political and bureaucratic minefield of health law

As baby boomers enter their golden years and their needs begin to rise, the stresses on our health-care system will bring it dangerously close to a breaking point, giving rise to myriad legal issues.

The stakeholders here are diverse – from injured patients seeking recourse, to service providers navigating onerous regulations, to the institutions themselves and their constantly changing governance mandates.

"Health care functions in many ways like a business, but is overlaid with a highly regulated environment," says Penny Washington, who leads Bull Housser & Tupper LLP's health-care group in Vancouver. "It requires deep knowledge of the industry and its approaches. Many pieces of legislation apply to the critical work being done."

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Lexpert contributor Barbara Balfour reports at

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