Public Health Policy : Minor Injuries From Traffic Collisions

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Student # 992375210 Public Health Policy Assignment 1 Introduction In Canada, minor injuries from traffic collisions are common and burdensome to society. Under the no-fault model, damages from traffic need to be paid by the person or insurer incurring the loss, regardless of why the collision occurred. In Ontario, Canada, damages include the cost of health care treatment for minor injuries, which are managed according to the Minor Injury Guideline. The Minor Injury Guideline is a series of regulations that outlines the health care treatment available to individuals with minor traffic injuries. Although there are strengths to the current Minor Injury Guideline, there are also important limitations. This is a public health policy issue, as regulated health care treatment can affect the health of all drivers, passengers, and pedestrians with minor traffic injuries in Ontario. The purpose of this paper is to describe the leading policy problems around the current Minor Injury Guideline in Ontario and the related governance structures and legislative frameworks. The paper will also detail previous policy changes leading up to the consideration for policy change in this area. Description of Public Health Policy Area and Leading Policy Problems Minor injuries from traffic collisions are common and burdensome to society in Canada. In Saskatchewan, Canada, 600 to 800 per 100,000 people are injured every year in motor vehicle collisions1. Neck pain and whiplash associated

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