Effects of legislation

Legislation affects every aspect of the health-care system including how physicians are compensated, how services are provided, and how unhealthy behaviours are restricted. That’s why lobbying and legislation is a top strategic priority for Doctors Nova Scotia. 

The association meets regularly with the health and wellness deputy minister to discuss issues important to Doctors Nova Scotia members and the provincial government. Through this process, the association often receives advance notice on upcoming legislation changes or new legislation.

Input from physicians

Doctors Nova Scotia often gives input into legislation before it’s introduced in the House of Assembly. When time permits, members are engaged in the process, association lawyers review the legislation, and the association submits a formal response.

Once legislation is introduced, Doctors Nova Scotia follows the process through 1st, 2nd, and 3rd readings. When necessary, the association will present at the Law Amendments Committee on the behalf of members.

After an act moves through the 3 readings and receives Royal Accent to become law, it may require regulations before it takes effect. Doctors Nova Scotia is also involved in the process.

Lobbying successes

Advocating for health-related legislation and policies that improve the lives of Nova Scotians is a long-standing goal for Doctors Nova Scotia.

Doctors Nova Scotia’s recent successes in lobbying for such change includes:

  • ban on the use of tanning beds for anyone under 19
  • mandatory use of helmets for skiers and snowboarders
  • ban on the use of cell phones/handheld devices while driving
  • ideas on how to lower prescription drug prices for those who use Nova Scotia Pharmacare


Katie Mallam

Senior policy advisor