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HEALTH CARE PROTECTION ACT

HEALTH CARE PROTECTION ACT

Chapter H‑1

Table of Contents

Part 1
Protection of Publicly
Funded Health Care

                1      Operation of private hospitals prohibited

                2      Provision of surgical services

                3      Queue jumping prohibited

                4      Facility services

                5      Provision of goods or services                    

                6      Recovery of unlawful charges

Part 2
Regulation of Delivery of
Surgical Services

Division 1
Regulation of Surgical Facilities to
Provide Insured Surgical Services

                7      Conditions of operation

                8      Approval of agreement

                9      Changes to agreement

              10      Transfer, changes in ownership

              11      Designation of facility

              12      Information available to public

Division 2
Regulation of Surgical Facilities to
Provide Uninsured Surgical Services

              13      Conditions of operation

              14      Proposal to Minister

              15      Designation of facility

              16      Condition of operation

              17      Disclosure requirement

Division 3
Miscellaneous Provisions

              18      Withdrawal of, changes to, designation

              19      Termination of designations

              20      Provision of unauthorized surgical service prohibited

Part 3
General

              21      Information re accredited surgical facilities

              22      Restraining order

              23      Privative clause

              24      Inquiries and inspections

              25      Regulations

              26      Offence

Part 4
Premier
s Advisory
Council on Health

              27      Council established

              28      Councils mandate

Part 5
Definitions

              29      Definitions


Preamble

WHEREAS it is the responsibility of the Government of Alberta to provide leadership and support in the delivery of quality health services in order to maintain and improve the health of Albertans;

WHEREAS Albertans cherish Alberta’s publicly funded and publicly administered health system;

WHEREAS the Government of Alberta is committed to the preservation of the principles of universality, comprehensiveness, accessibility, portability and public administration, as described in the Canada Health Act (Canada), as the foundation of the health system in Alberta;

WHEREAS the Government of Alberta is committed to the pursuit of excellence in the health system in Alberta through the efficient delivery of quality publicly funded services based on high standards, best practices and effective patient outcomes;

WHEREAS the Government of Alberta is committed to continually enhancing and improving accessibility to health services for Albertans;

WHEREAS the Government of Alberta is committed to ensuring that no person who is entitled to an insured surgical service be required to pay for that service or be given priority for that service by reason of the payment of money or other valuable consideration, and whereas the Government of Alberta is committed to paying for that service;

WHEREAS regional health authorities are accountable to the Minister and are responsible for assessing the health needs of the population, determining priorities in the delivery of health services and allocating resources accordingly and ensuring reasonable access to those health services; and

WHEREAS there is a need in Alberta for legislation regulating the delivery of surgical services;

THEREFORE HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, enacts as follows:

Part 1
Protection of Publicly
Funded Health Care

Operation of private hospitals prohibited

1   No person shall operate a private hospital in Alberta.

2000 cH‑3.3 s1

Provision of surgical services

2(1)  No physician shall provide a surgical service in Alberta, and no dentist shall provide an insured surgical service in Alberta, except in

                           (a)    a public hospital, or

                           (b)    an approved surgical facility.

(2)  No physician or dentist shall provide a major surgical service, as described

                           (a)    in the bylaws under Schedule 21 of the Health Professions Act, in the case of a physician, or

                           (b)    in the regulations under section 25(1)(b), in the case of a dentist,

in Alberta, except in a public hospital.

RSA 2000 cH‑1 s2;RSA 2000 cH‑7 s146;2008 c34 s18

Queue jumping prohibited

3   No person shall

                           (a)    give or accept any money or other valuable consideration,

                           (b)    pay for or accept payment for enhanced medical goods or services or non‑medical goods or services, or

                           (c)    provide an uninsured surgical service

for the purpose of giving any person priority for the receipt of an insured surgical service.

2000 cH‑3.3 s3

Facility services

4   Where a person receives an insured surgical service at a designated surgical facility,

                           (a)    the operator of the surgical facility shall provide facility services to the person, and

                           (b)    no person shall charge or collect any amount in respect of the provision of facility services that is in addition to the amount that is payable for the facility services by the health authority under an agreement referred to in section 8.

2000 cH‑3.3 s4

Provision of goods or services

5(1)  No person shall require a person who receives an insured surgical service at a public hospital or a designated surgical facility to pay for

                           (a)    enhanced medical goods or services, or

                           (b)    non‑medical goods or services

that are provided in connection with the provision of the insured surgical service or that arise out of the stay at the public hospital or designated surgical facility, unless subsections (3) and (4) have been complied with.

(2)  No person shall charge or collect a rate for enhanced medical goods or services that is greater than cost plus a reasonable allowance for administration.

(3)  Before any enhanced medical goods or services are provided to a person,

                           (a)    the nature of the enhanced medical goods or services being offered and the charges for them must be fully explained to the person,

                           (b)    the person must be presented with a statement signed by the physician or dentist who will be providing the insured surgical service that

                                  (i)    explains the nature of the enhanced medical goods or services to be provided,

                                (ii)    explains why the physician or dentist is offering the enhanced medical goods or services,

                               (iii)    explains that the enhanced medical goods or services are not part of the medically required service,

                               (iv)    sets out the charges for the enhanced medical goods or services, and

                                 (v)    meets any other requirements of the regulations,

                               and

                           (c)    the person must have agreed in writing to accept and pay for the enhanced medical goods or services.

(4)  Before any non‑medical goods or services are provided to a person, the nature of the goods or services and the charges for them must be fully explained to the person and the person must have agreed in writing to accept and pay for the goods or services.

(5)  A person who has agreed to accept and pay for enhanced medical goods or services or non‑medical goods or services may, in accordance with the regulations, rescind the agreement before the goods or services are provided.

(6)  Where a person is provided

                           (a)    with an enhanced medical good or service because the public hospital or designated surgical facility does not have available the medical good or service that would normally be used in accordance with generally accepted medical practice, or

                           (b)    with a private or semi‑private room because the public hospital or designated surgical facility does not have standard ward accommodation available,

the person is not responsible for the extra cost of having the enhanced medical good or service or the private or semi‑private room provided.

2000 cH‑3.3 s5

Recovery of unlawful charges

6(1)  If a person charges or collects an amount in contravention of section 4 or 5(2) or requires a person to pay an amount in contravention of section 5(1), the Minister may recover that amount in a civil action in debt as though that amount were a debt owing from the person to the Crown in right of Alberta.

(2)  Where the Minister recovers any amount under subsection (1), the Minister shall reimburse the person who paid the amount.

2000 cH‑3.3 s6

Part 2
Regulation of Delivery of
Surgical Services

Division 1
Regulation of Surgical Facilities to Provide Insured Surgical Services

Conditions of operation

7   No person shall operate a surgical facility at which insured surgical services are provided unless

                           (a)    the surgical facility is accredited as required by section 11(1)(b),

                           (b)    the operator of the surgical facility has an agreement with a health authority that the Minister has approved under section 8, and

                           (c)    the surgical facility is designated under this Division.

2000 cH‑3.3 s7

Approval of agreement

8(1)  A health authority that wishes to enter into an agreement with an operator of a surgical facility for the purpose of providing facility services that are required in connection with the provision of insured surgical services shall provide the Minister with a copy of the proposed agreement for the Minister’s approval.

(2)  The Minister may

                           (a)    refuse to approve a proposed agreement, or

                           (b)    approve a proposed agreement, subject to any terms or conditions that the Minister considers appropriate.

(3)  The Minister shall not approve a proposed agreement unless the Minister is satisfied

                           (a)    that the provision of insured surgical services as contemplated under the proposed agreement would be consistent with the principles of the Canada Health Act (Canada),

                           (b)    that there is a current need and that there will likely be an ongoing need in the geographical area to be served for the provision of insured surgical services as contemplated under the proposed agreement,

                           (c)    that the provision of the insured surgical services as contemplated under the proposed agreement would not have an adverse impact on the publicly funded and publicly administered health system in Alberta,

                           (d)    that there is an expected public benefit in providing the insured surgical services as contemplated under the proposed agreement, considering factors such as

                                  (i)    access to such services,

                                (ii)    quality of service,

                               (iii)    flexibility,

                               (iv)    the efficient use of existing capacity, and

                                 (v)    cost effectiveness and other economic considerations,

                           (e)    that the health authority has an acceptable business plan in respect of the proposed agreement showing how the health authority will pay for the facility services to be provided,

                            (f)    that the proposed agreement indicates performance expectations and related performance measures for the insured surgical services and facility services to be provided, and

                           (g)    that the proposed agreement contains provisions showing how physicians’ compliance with the following, as they relate to conflict of interest and other ethical issues in respect of the operation of the facility, will be monitored:

                                  (i)    the Health Professions Act and regulations under that Act;

                                (ii)    the bylaws of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta;

                               (iii)    the code of ethics and standards of practice adopted by the council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta under the Health Professions Act.

RSA 2000 cH‑1 s8;RSA 2000 cH‑7 s146;2008 c34 s18

Changes to agreement

9   No amendment to or  renewal of an approved agreement is effective until it is approved by the Minister, and section 8 applies in such a case as if the amendment or renewal were a proposed agreement.

2000 cH‑3.3 s9

Transfer, changes in ownership

10(1)  No person shall assign or transfer an approved agreement to another person without the prior written consent of the Minister.

(2)  No person shall cause or permit a change in the ownership of a surgical facility that is designated under this Division without the prior written consent of the Minister.

2000 cH‑3.3 s10

Designation of facility

11(1)  Where the Minister

                           (a)    approves a proposed agreement, and

                           (b)    is satisfied that the surgical facility at which the insured surgical services will be provided is accredited to provide those insured surgical services or will be accredited before any such services are provided,

the Minister shall by order designate the surgical facility as a surgical facility for the purposes of this Division.

(2)  A designation must describe the insured surgical services that the designated surgical facility is authorized to provide.

(3)  The Minister may make a designation subject to any terms and conditions that the Minister considers appropriate.

(4)  The Minister shall publish or otherwise make available to the public in a form and manner the Minister considers appropriate the Minister’s reasons for designating a surgical facility under this Division or for amending such a designation.

2000 cH‑3.3 s11

Information available to public

12   Where an agreement has been approved under section 8, notwithstanding the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act the health authority shall

                           (a)    make the agreement available to the public for inspection during normal business hours, and

                           (b)    publish the following information in respect of the agreement in a form and manner directed by the Minister:

                                  (i)    the name and address of the owner and operator of the designated surgical facility to which the agreement relates;

                                (ii)    the insured surgical services to be provided under the agreement;

                               (iii)    the term of the agreement;

                               (iv)    the amount or the estimated amount to be paid by the health authority under the agreement in respect of the provision of facility services;

                                 (v)    a description of the performance expectations and related performance measures for the insured surgical services and facility services to be provided under the agreement.

2000 cH‑3.3 s12

Division 2
Regulation of Surgical Facilities to Provide Uninsured Surgical Services

Conditions of operation

13   No person shall operate a surgical facility at which uninsured in‑patient surgical services are provided unless the surgical facility is accredited as required by section 15(2) and is designated under this Division.

2000 cH‑3.3 s13

Proposal to Minister

14   The operator of a surgical facility who proposes to provide uninsured in‑patient surgical services and facility services at the facility shall submit to the Minister a proposal for that purpose that is in a form acceptable to and contains the information required by the Minister.

2000 cH‑3.3 s14

Designation of facility

15(1)  On considering the proposal and the following factors, the Minister may by order designate the surgical facility as a surgical facility for the purposes of this Division:

                           (a)    whether the provision of the uninsured in‑patient surgical services as contemplated in the proposal would have an adverse impact on the publicly funded and publicly administered health system in Alberta or impair the government’s ability to comply with the Canada Health Act (Canada);

                           (b)    whether the public interest would be served by the designation of the surgical facility;

                           (c)    any other factors the Minister considers appropriate.

(2)  The Minister shall not designate the surgical facility unless the Minister is satisfied that the surgical facility is accredited to provide the uninsured in‑patient surgical services referred to in the proposal, or that it will be accredited before any such services are provided.

(3)  A designation must describe the uninsured in‑patient surgical services that the designated surgical facility is authorized to provide.

(4)  The Minister may make a designation subject to any terms and conditions that the Minister considers appropriate.

(5)  The Minister shall publish or otherwise make available to the public in a form and manner the Minister considers appropriate the Minister’s reasons for designating a surgical facility under this Division or for amending such a designation.

2000 cH‑3.3 s15

Condition of operation

16   No person shall operate a surgical facility at which an uninsured day surgical service is provided unless the surgical facility is accredited to provide that surgical service.

2000 cH‑3.3 s16

Disclosure requirement

17   Where a person receives an uninsured surgical service at a public hospital or an approved surgical facility in circumstances under which that person is expected to pay for the uninsured surgical service, no person shall require that person to pay for the uninsured surgical service or for any facility services unless, before the uninsured surgical service is provided, the nature of the uninsured surgical service and facility services to be provided and the charges for them are fully explained to the person and the person agrees in writing to accept and pay for them.

2000 cH‑3.3 s17

Division 3
Miscellaneous Provisions

Withdrawal of, changes to, designation

18(1)  Where the Minister is of the opinion that, since the granting of a designation in respect of a surgical facility, circumstances have changed with respect to any of the factors referred to in section 8(3) or 15(1) in a material and substantial way, the Minister shall give a written notice of intent under subsection (2) to the operator of the designated surgical facility.

(2)  A notice of intent must

                           (a)    set out in detail the nature of the change in circumstances under subsection (1) that gave rise to the notice of intent, and

                           (b)    advise the operator of the Minister’s intention to withdraw the designation of the surgical facility or amend the designation to delete one or more of the surgical services that the designated surgical facility is authorized to provide unless, within 60 days after receipt of the notice of intent, the operator establishes to the Minister’s satisfaction that

                                  (i)    the concerns raised in the notice of intent have been addressed or will be addressed, or

                                (ii)    the concerns raised in the notice of intent are not founded or do not warrant withdrawing or amending the designation.

(3)  During the 60‑day period referred to in subsection (2) the Minister and the operator shall attempt to resolve the concerns in the notice of intent.

(4)  If

                           (a)    the Minister is not satisfied as set out in subsection (2)(b), or

                           (b)    the Minister is of the opinion that, after reasonable attempts at resolution of the concerns under subsection (3), the concerns will not be resolved within the 60‑day period,

the Minister shall by order withdraw the designation of the surgical facility or amend the designation to delete one or more of the surgical services that the designated surgical facility is authorized to provide.

(5)  The Minister may by order withdraw a designation of a surgical facility or amend the designation to delete one or more of the surgical services that the designated surgical facility is authorized to provide where the Minister is satisfied that there has been a contravention of this Act, the regulations, an approved agreement,  a term or condition imposed under section 8(2), 11(3) or 15(4) or a conflict of interest bylaw referred to in section 7(1) of the Regional Health Authorities Act.

(6)  The Minister shall by order immediately withdraw a designation of a surgical facility or amend the designation to delete one or more of the surgical services that the designated surgical facility is authorized to provide where the Minister is advised by the council of the College that the surgical facility is no longer accredited or is no longer accredited to provide that surgical service or those surgical services, as the case may be.

RSA 2000 cH‑1 s18;2007 cH‑4.3 s17

Termination of designations

19(1)  A designation under Division 1 terminates automatically

                           (a)    on the expiry or cancellation of the approved agreement, or

                           (b)    if the operator closes the surgical facility permanently.

(2)  A designation under Division 2 terminates automatically if the operator closes the surgical facility permanently.

(3)  The operator of a designated surgical facility shall forthwith notify the Minister and the relevant health authority of the occurrence of any event referred to in subsection (1) or (2).

2000 cH‑3.3 s19

Provision of unauthorized surgical service prohibited

20   No person shall provide at an approved surgical facility any surgical services other than the surgical services the facility is authorized to provide under this Part.

2000 cH‑3.3 s20

Part 3
General

Information re accredited surgical facilities

21(1)  The council of the College shall

                           (a)    forthwith on receiving a request from the Minister, provide the Minister with a list of surgical facilities that have been accredited and a description of the accreditations, and

                           (b)    forthwith provide the Minister with notice of any new accreditations or of the withdrawal or cancellation of or changes to an accreditation.

(2)  The council of the College shall provide copies of the accreditation report in respect of a surgical facility to the Minister and the relevant health authority.

(3)  The council of the College may provide to the Minister any other information in respect of the operations of surgical facilities that the council considers would be relevant to the Minister for the purposes of the administration of this Act.

(4)  Notwithstanding the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the Minister and a health authority may provide to the council of the College any information that the Minister or health authority considers to be relevant to an accreditation or the accreditation process in respect of a particular surgical facility.

(5)  The council of the Alberta Dental Association and College and the council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta may provide each other with information that is relevant to an accreditation or the accreditation process in respect of a specific surgical facility.

RSA 2000 cH‑1 s21;RSA 2000 cH‑7 ss145,146;
2001 c21 s26;2005 c13 ss3,4(4);2008 c34 s18

Restraining order

22(1)  The Minister may apply to a judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench for an order restraining any person from contravening section 1, 2, 7, 13, 16 or 20.

(2)  On an application under subsection (1), the judge may make any order the judge considers appropriate.

2000 cH‑3.3 s22

Privative clause

23(1)  A decision of the Minister under this Act is final and conclusive, subject to the right to judicial review set out in subsection (2).

(2)  A decision of the Minister may be challenged on judicial review for jurisdictional error or patent unreasonableness by filing an application with the Court of Queen’s Bench and serving it on the Minister within 30 days after the decision.

RSA 2000 cH‑1 s23;2009 c53 s74

Inquiries and inspections

24(1)  The Minister may

                           (a)    make inquiries into the management and affairs of a designated surgical facility or a surgical facility whose designation has been withdrawn, and

                           (b)    visit and inspect the surgical facility and examine records at the surgical facility for the purpose of verifying the accuracy of records, reports and returns and ensuring compliance with this Act and the regulations, an approved agreement and the terms and conditions imposed under section 8(2), 11(3) or 15(4).

(2)  No person shall obstruct, hinder or interfere with the Minister in the exercise of the Minister’s powers under subsection (1).

2000 cH‑3.3 s24

Regulations

25(1)  The Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations

                           (a)    providing for the exemption from the definition of surgical services of minor surgical procedures that may safely be performed in a dentist’s office;

                           (b)    respecting what constitutes a major surgical service for the purposes of section 2(2)(b);

                           (c)    governing the rates that may be charged

                                  (i)    for enhanced medical goods or services and non‑medical goods or services that are provided to a person who receives an insured surgical service at a public hospital or a designated surgical facility,

                                (ii)    for private and semi‑private room accommodation that is provided to a person who receives an insured surgical service at a designated surgical facility, and

                               (iii)    for facility services that are provided to a person who is a resident of another province or territory with which the Government of Alberta has an agreement, where that person would be entitled to receive those facility services under the health plan of the other province or territory if they were provided in the other province or territory, and for private and semi‑private room accommodation provided to such a person;

                           (d)    respecting statements for the purposes of section 5(3)(b) including, without limitation, regulations respecting the form of the statement, prescribing additional matters to be contained in the statement and when the statement must be given and prescribing the period of time for which the statement must be retained by the operator of the public hospital or designated surgical facility;

                           (e)    varying or making inapplicable any of the requirements of section 5 in the case of a medical emergency;

                            (f)    governing all aspects of how the right to rescind in section 5(5) is to be exercised, and the return of all or part of the money paid under the agreement;

                           (g)    prescribing services to be facility services for the purposes of this Act;

                           (h)    regarding whether a particular medical good or service is or is not an enhanced medical good or service or whether a particular good or service is or is not a medical good or service;

                            (i)    governing procedural matters related to obtaining the Minister’s consent for the purposes of section 10;

                            (j)    determining what constitutes a change in ownership for the purposes of section 10(2);

                           (k)    authorizing the Minister to amend designations under Part 2 or to add, remove or vary a term or condition to which such a designation is subject;

                            (l)    governing the giving of notice of orders under section 18;

                          (m)    governing reinstatement of designations that have been withdrawn and surgical services that have been deleted under section 18;

                           (n)    respecting the keeping of records by operators of designated surgical facilities;

                           (o)    requiring operators of designated surgical facilities to provide reports, returns and information to a health authority or the Minister and requiring health authorities to provide reports, returns and information to the Minister, including regulations respecting the nature and contents of the reports, returns or information to be provided, the form in which they are to be provided and the times at which they are to be provided;

                           (p)    governing publication of reports, returns and information referred to in clause (o);

                           (q)    governing standards of operation applicable to designated surgical facilities, in addition to standards that apply by virtue of the operation of the Health Professions Act;

                            (r)    providing, with respect to any provision of the regulations, that its contravention constitutes an offence, and prescribing penalties in respect of such offences;

                           (s)    respecting the appointment of the members of the Premier’s Advisory Council on Health.

(2)  The Minister shall consult with the council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta and the council of the Alberta Dental Association and College in the development of regulations under subsection (1).

RSA 2000 cH‑1 s25;RSA 2000 cH‑7 ss145,146;
2001 c21 s26;2005 c13 ss3,4(4);2008 c34 s18

Offence

26(1)  A person who contravenes section 1, 2, 7, 13, 16 or 20 is guilty of an offence and liable to a fine of not more than $100 000.

(2)  A person who is guilty of an offence under subsection (1) is liable on conviction to pay a fine in respect of each day or part of a day on which the offence occurs or continues.

(3)  A person who contravenes section 3, 4, 5(1) or (2), 17 or 24(2) is guilty of an offence and liable to a fine of not more than

                           (a)    $10 000 for a first offence, and

                           (b)    $20 000 for the 2nd and each subsequent offence.

2000 cH‑3.3 s26

Part 4
Premier
s Advisory
Council on Health

Council established

27   The Premier’s Advisory Council on Health is established and consists of the persons appointed under the regulations.

2000 cH‑3.3 s27

Councils mandate

28   The mandate of the Premier’s Advisory Council on Health is to provide strategic advice to the Premier on the preservation and future enhancement of quality health services for Albertans and on the continuing sustainability of the publicly funded and publicly administered health system.

2000 cH‑3.3 s28

Part 5
Definitions

Definitions

29   In this Act,

                           (a)    “accredited”, in respect of a surgical facility, means that the facility is approved:

                                  (i)    with respect to surgical services performed by physicians, by the council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta under Schedule 21 of the Health Professions Act and the regulations under that Act;

                                (ii)    with respect to surgical services performed by dentists, by the dental facilities accreditation committee within the meaning of Schedule 7 of the Health Professions Act and the regulations under that Act;

                           (b)    “approved surgical facility” means a designated surgical facility and a surgical facility referred to in section 16;

                           (c)    “council of the College” means the council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta or the council of the Alberta Dental Association and College;

                           (d)    “dentist” means a person who is registered as a regulated member of the Alberta Dental Association and College;

                           (e)    “designated surgical facility” means a surgical facility that is designated under Part 2, Division 1 or 2, as the context requires;

                            (f)    “enhanced medical goods or services” means medical goods or services that exceed what would normally be used in a particular case in accordance with generally accepted medical practice;

                           (g)    “facility services” means any of the following services that are medically necessary and are directly related to the provision of a surgical service at an approved surgical facility:

                                  (i)    standard ward accommodation, or a semi‑private or private room where the patient’s condition requires it;

                                (ii)    meals;

                               (iii)    necessary nursing services, including private nursing care where ordered by the attending physician or dentist;

                               (iv)    laboratory, radiological and other diagnostic procedures, together with the necessary interpretations;

                                 (v)    drugs, biologicals and related preparations when administered in the surgical facility;

                               (vi)    use of operating room, case room and anesthetic facilities, including necessary equipment and supplies;

                              (vii)    use of physical therapy services;

                             (viii)    use of surgical equipment and supplies;

                               (ix)    medical goods or services consistent with generally accepted medical practice in the particular case;

                                 (x)    transportation by ambulance or commercial vehicle of a patient from the surgical facility to an approved hospital under the Hospitals Act, a nursing home, a mental health facility or another surgical facility;

                               (xi)    other services provided by persons who receive remuneration for providing the services directly or indirectly from the operator of the surgical facility;

                              (xii)    any other service that is prescribed in the regulations;

                           (h)    “health authority” means a regional health authority;

                            (i)    “insured surgical service” means a surgical service that is provided by a physician, or by a dentist in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery, in circumstances under which a benefit is payable under the Alberta Health Care Insurance Act;

                            (j)    “Minister” means the member of the Executive Council determined under section 16 of the Government Organization Act as the Minister responsible for this Act;

                           (k)    “operator” means

                                  (i)    in the case of a designated surgical facility, the person named as the operator in the designation, and

                                (ii)    in the case of a surgical facility referred to in section 16, the person who is shown in the records of the council of the College as the person responsible for the operation of the surgical facility;

                            (l)    “physician” means a regulated member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta who holds a practice permit issued under the Health Professions Act;

                          (m)    “private hospital” means an acute care facility that

                                  (i)    provides emergency, diagnostic, surgical and medical services, and

                                (ii)    admits patients for medically supervised stays exceeding 12 hours,

                                    but does not include a public hospital;

                           (n)    “public hospital” means

                                  (i)    a hospital that is established by or under, or the establishment or operation of which is governed by, the Hospitals Act, the Regional Health Authorities Act or the Workers’ Compensation Act, or

                                (ii)    a hospital that is established by the Government of Alberta or the Government of Canada;

                           (o)    “regional health authority” means a regional health authority established under the Regional Health Authorities Act;

                           (p)    “standard ward” means a room having more than 2 beds;

                           (q)    “surgical facility” means a facility whose primary function is to provide a limited range of surgical services;

                            (r)    “surgical service” means the alteration of the human anatomy manually or through the use of an instrument or the introduction of any instrument into the human body, where such a procedure

                                  (i)    is carried out with the concurrent use of

                                      (A)    a drug to induce sedation, or

                                      (B)    local, regional or general anesthesia

                                         to a degree that requires the monitoring of vital signs, or

                                (ii)    is normally associated with the kind or degree of risk that is prescribed by the council of the College for the purposes of this clause in the bylaws under Schedule 21 of the Health Professions Act,

                                    but does not include a surgical procedure that is exempted as a minor surgical procedure in regulations under section 25(1)(a) or is described as a minor surgical procedure for the purposes of this clause in the bylaws under Schedule 21 of the Health Professions  Act;

                           (s)    “uninsured day surgical service” means a surgical service that

                                  (i)    is provided by a physician, and

                                (ii)    does not require a medically supervised post‑operative period of care exceeding 12 hours,

                                    and is provided in circumstances under which no benefit is payable under the Alberta Health Care Insurance Act;

                            (t)    “uninsured in‑patient surgical service” means a surgical service that

                                  (i)    is provided by a physician, and

                                (ii)    requires a medically supervised post‑operative period of care exceeding 12 hours,

                                    and is provided in circumstances under which no benefit is payable under the Alberta Health Care Insurance Act.

RSA 2000 cH‑1 s29; RSA 2000 cH‑7 ss145,146;
2001 c10 s1;2001 c21 ss26,27;2005 c13 ss3,4(4);
2008 cH‑4.3 s17;2008 c34 s18;2016 c18 s7