Regulation - LGIC

Proposed amendment to Regulation 552 (General) under the Health Insurance Act and the Schedule of Benefits for Laboratory Services under Reg. 552.

Regulation Number(s):
Instrument Type:
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Health Insurance Act
Summary of Decision:
Made: December 12, 2019
Filed: December 20, 2019
Published on e-Laws: December 20, 2019
Printed in The Ontario Gazette: January 4, 2020
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
The Ministry anticipates no new administrative costs or burdens if the proposed amendment to Reg. 552 (General) and proposed updates to the SOB-LS are approved by government.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
November 1, 2019
Summary of Proposal:
The proposed amendment to Reg. 552 (General) is as follows:
o Update section 1(1) titled "DEFINITIONS".
o Under "DEFINITIONS", revise the term "schedule of laboratory benefits" by replacing July 1, 2019 with January 1, 2020. The section currently states July 1, 2019 as it was the last time the SOB-LS was updated.

The proposed amendments to the SOB-LS, effective January 1, 2020 are as follows:
a) Housekeeping: Correcting grammar (e.g., spacing between words), correct text or update outdated terminology.

b) Technical: Deleting references to the fecal occult blood test (FOBT) in the ColonCancerCheck program and corresponding fee code references (L179),
- The Ministry proposes to delete Section 16 (page 7 of 32) in the SOB-LS;
- The Ministry proposes to delete references to L179 on pgs. 7, 11, 15, and 28 of the SOB-LS.
The proposed changes align with implementation of the fecal immunochemical test (FIT) in the ColonCancerCheck program which commenced on June 24, 2019.
Contact Address:
1075 Bay Street, 9th floor,
Toronto ON M7A 0A5
Effective Date:
January 1, 2020