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."
Lexpert contributor Barbara Balfour reports at lexpert.ca/globe.