Month: August 2018

Canada’s Children and Youth Pharmacare now a second payer

Ontario’s Minister of Health announced changes to the Children and Youth Pharmacare program (OHIP+). Free drug prescriptions will apply only to youth age 24 and younger who are not covered by private plans, while those with private benefits will bill […]

Australia amends compensation for deceased workers’ dependents

Deceased workers’ dependents On 20 June 2018, amendments to the workers compensation act increased the lump sum for dependents of deceased workers from AUD 308,339 to AUD 570,768 (250 percent of the annually indexed Prescribed Amount), the weekly child allowance […]


Canada to legalize recreational cannabis

Bill C-45, the Cannabis Federal Act, received Royal Assent on 21 June 2018. The Bill legalizes and regulates the production, distribution and sale of recreational cannabis across the country. The Act is expected to enter into force on 17 October […]


Bahrain to provide national health insurance plans for all

The king of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, recently ratified the National Health Insurance Law (NHIL), Law No. 23 of 2018. The new law will provide universal basic health insurance coverage for all Bahrainis and residents. The NHIL is […]


Australia introduces a superannuation guarantee amnesty

The Australian Minister for revenue and financial services announced an amnesty period during which employers can self-correct past noncompliance with superannuation guarantee requirements. The amnesty agreement will be available for a 12-month period from 24 May 2018, to 23 May […]