The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) (the board that governs Doctors in Ontario) published their new policy on Marijuana for Medical Purposes (MMPR) dated March, 2015. This is a welcome policy change since their previous position was stated as not in support of marijuana and advised Ontario doctors to “proceed with caution”.
What is interesting with their policy change is with respect to their definition of the medical document that a patient requires to access medical marijuana from an on-line approved Licensed Producer.
According to their website, it is their opinion that the “medical document authorizing patient access to dried marijuana to be equivalent to a prescription.”
This is an extremely important definition!
Their new Policy further states:
“Prescriptions, together with activities related to prescriptions, are insured services. Accordingly, physicians must not charge patients or licensed producers of dried marijuana for completing the medical document, or for any activities associated with completing the medical document, including, but not limited to: assessing the patient; reviewing his/her chart; educating or informing the patient about the risks or benefits of dried marijuana; or confirming the validity of a prescription in accordance with the MMPR.”
Since the College issued their Policy on MMPR, Sun Life Canada was the first insurer to cover cannabis for a student attending the University of Waterloo.