Wise Health Law Professional Corporation

Health and Administrative Law

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Experienced Health Lawyers and Litigators

At Wise Health Law, we draw on more than 30 years of combined health law and litigation experience to provide clients with superior legal guidance and representation. We are a team of talented and dynamic problem solvers committed to serving Ontario’s health professionals and health organizations.

Top Reasons to Retain Wise Health Law

Expert Guidance

At Wise Health Law, we focus our practice on health and administrative law. We assist health professionals, health organizations, and national and provincial health professional associations find solutions to their legal problems.

Our founder, Valerie Wise, has been practicing health law for over 25 years and is certified as a Specialist in Health Law by the Law Society of Ontario. We are well-known in the legal, regulatory, and healthcare communities, and have been recognized for our knowledge and experience by other lawyers, professional associations, and regulatory colleges. We have extensive experience navigating through the medical, regulatory, and legal worlds and have built strong relationships with key players. We rely on this knowledge and experience to achieve excellent results for our clients in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Exceptional Advocacy

At Wise Health Law, we are passionate about helping health professionals and healthcare organizations understand and protect their legal rights. Our lawyers have significant trial and appellate experience, and will zealously represent clients whenever litigation is required.

We have successfully appeared before numerous administrative tribunals, including RHPA college discipline panels, boards of public hospitals, Coroner's Inquests, the Consent and Capacity Board, the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board, and the Health Services Appeal and Review Board.

Our lawyers also have significant courtroom experience, and have argued before all levels of court. Valerie Wise began her career as a law clerk to the Right Honourable Antonio Lamer, the then Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada and, since then, has maintained an interest and active practice in appellate advocacy.

Due to our highly-specialized skill set in healthcare litigation, we often receive referrals from other lawyers and legal professionals. We welcome referrals and always respect the relationship between the client and the referring lawyer. We take seriously the responsibility to provide the highest standard of service on matters entrusted to us.

Client-Focused Approach

At Wise Health Law, we want our clients to be informed, supported, and included in the process. Our goal is to find effective solutions to complex legal disputes. We pride ourselves on our client-focused approach and in the strong relationships we build with each of the people and organizations we assist. Our team invests significant time and resources into meeting each of our clients’ needs, and in understanding their unique concerns and ultimate objectives.

Who Do We Help?

  • Regulated health professionals, including chiropractors, dentists, denturists, hygienists, midwives, naturopaths, nurses, occupational therapists, paramedics, physiotherapists, physicians and pharmacists, speech and language pathologists;
  • National and provincial health professional associations;
  • Retirement and long-term care homes;
  • Public hospitals;
  • Base hospital programs;
  • Regulatory bodies;
  • Healthcare clinics, including family health teams.

For Advice and Guidance on Health Law Matters Contact Wise Health Law

Contact the health lawyers at Wise Health Law for forward-thinking and expert advice about health law matters. For the convenience of our clients, we have offices in both Toronto and Oakville, Ontario, and are easily accessible. Contact us online, or at 416-915-4234 for a consultation.

From the Blog

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Public Interest and Abuse of Process: A Health Professionals Right to Procedural Fairness Following a Complaint

The Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) is designed to ensure that the health professions are regulated in the public interest, that appropriate standards of practice are developed and maintained, and that individuals have access to services provided by the health professions of their choice and that they are treated with sensitivity and respect in their … Continued

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Expunging a Patient’s Medical Records

A patient recently sought to have part of his medical chart removed and destroyed. The record in question was an APA or Form 1 created by the responding physician when the patient was admitted to the emergency room of a Toronto hospital. An APA or Form 1 is An Application for Psychiatric Assessment. It is a necessary … Continued

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Medical Assistance in Dying for Minors

We’ve frequently blogged about Medical Assistance in Dying (also known as MAID). It is, in simple terms, assisted suicide. The usual method is a dose or injection of barbiturates. It is said to be quick, effective, and painless. The act of committing suicide was a criminal act in Canada before the 2015 Supreme Court of … Continued

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Foreign Trained Physicians in Canada: Prodigal Physicians Probation Problems

Many Canadian students aspire to become medical doctors. However, they face difficult and demanding admission standards to attend a medical school in Canada. The statistics suggest that only twenty-five (25) percent of Canadian applicants are admitted to a medical program in Canada. The unsuccessful seventy-five (75) percent are left to reapply or seek alternative programs. … Continued

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Religion v. Regulation in Healthcare

It comes as no surprise that many health care professionals are deeply religious and that they use and follow their faith to guide them in how they practice. It is also no surprise that such convictions might lead to conflict with legislative enactments or policies passed in the public interest. Such was the case in … Continued

Inquiries

At Wise Health Law, we restrict and focus our practice on our areas of expertise. We welcome referrals from other lawyers. We take seriously the responsibility to provide the highest standard of service on matters entrusted to us, and respect the relationship between the client and the referring lawyer.