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BILL NO. 188

(as introduced)

2nd Session, 63rd General Assembly
Nova Scotia
68 Elizabeth II, 2019


Private Member's Bill


Physician Assistants Act


Tammy Martin
Cape Breton Centre

First Reading: October 9, 2019

Second Reading:

Third Reading:


An Act Respecting Physician Assistants

Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:

1 This Act may be cited as the Physician Assistants Act.

2 The purpose of this Act is to establish the framework for the creation of an allied health profession of physician assistants.

3 In this Act,

(a) "Minister" means the Minister of Health and Wellness;

(b) "physician assistant" means a person who meets the requirements for a physician assistant prescribed by the regulations.

4 (1) A physician assistant shall practise within the scope of practice prescribed by the regulations.

(2) A physician assistant shall practise with the level of physician supervision prescribed by the regulations.

5 Subject to Section 7, the Minister may establish demonstration projects or pilot programs using physician assistants in accordance with the regulations.

6 (1) The Minister may make regulations

(a) prescribing the educational requirements and other qualifications required to be a physician assistant;

(b) respecting designations of physician assistants, and any additional qualifications required for a particular designation;

(c) respecting the scope of practice of physician assistants, including different scopes of practice for different designations of physician assistants;

(d) respecting the level of physician supervision required for physician assistants, including different levels of supervision for different designations of physician assistants;

(e) respecting demonstration projects and pilot programs using physician assistants, including the location of a demonstration project or pilot program;

(f) governing the pay of physician assistants;

(g) defining any word or expression used but not defined in this Act;

(h) respecting any matter or thing the Governor in Council considers necessary or advisable to effectively carry out the intent and purpose of this Act.

(2) The exercise by the Minister of the authority contained in subsection (1) is a regulation within the meaning of the Regulations Act.

7 The money required for the purpose of this Act must be paid out of money appropriated for that purpose by the Legislature.


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