Dentists Treating Spouses – Update…
So the other day, a dentist asked me: is it legally permissible for me to have a “consensual encounter” with a patient who is not my spouse? The answer, technically, is that this would amount to ‘sexual abuse’ under the present law and could land you in hot water (automatic 5 year suspension of your license if you’re discovered / complained about and the allegations are proven). For more on this, please read my previous blogs.
What’s happening with dentists treating spouses?
When we last off (you can read this blog), the RCDSO had to pass a regulation that would permit dentists to treat their spouses. And on March 5, 2014, that’s exactly what happened. This is the second last step that’s needed before the new law takes effect. All that’s left is for provincial Cabinet (after a political party wins, takes office, and appoints a Cabinet) to approve the regulation. This is more of a ceremonial act. There’s nothing that can be done to stop or make changes to the law.