According to the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) a homeopath is definately not a physician, or a doctor: or even a homeopathic doctor. In 2006, when the Regulated Health Professions Advisory Council submitted the New Directions report to then Minister of Health George Smitherman, the Ontario Homeopathic Association thought the term “homeopathic doctor” should be a protected title under the act. The Ontario Government disagreed and this was left out of the Act. The Act specifically states:
“Except as allowed in the regulations under this Act, no person shall use the title “doctor”, a variation or abbreviation or an equivalent in another language in the course of providing or offering to provide, in Ontario, health care to individuals”
Homeopaths are left out of the exceptions, which include such professions as chiropractors and naturopaths.
Currently the Transitional Council of the College of Homeopaths of Ontario has been very clear to its future members that use of the term “doctor’ is restricted under the RHPA (current, and only, newsletter, page 4). However, several of the members of the transitional council are using this term or the more specific term “homeopathic doctor” or “HD” despite their leadership role in the community, and the term is in widespread use among homeopaths that I could find who have a web presence.
To this end, and for the protection of the public, CFI Ontario and the Committee for the Advancement of Scientific Skepticism (CASS) have submitted a formal complaint to the MOHLTC and its Minister, Hon. Deb Matthews with a list of Ontario-based homeopaths we generated from web research who are using the term “doctor” or “HD”. The fine for this fraud is $25 000 for a first offence, and $50 000 for a second offence.
We also detailed several instances of homeopaths in Ontario offering homeopathic prophylaxis for childhood illness and the flu and suggesting that normal and proven vaccines are dangerous. The implications for public of obvious, as there is no proof that homeopathic vaccines work, despite what homeopaths say about their ridiculous ”study” of leptospirosis in Cuba, and they have ignored the vast body of evidence showing vaccine safety and efficacy.
I will keep you posted on the response from the GoO.