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Letter: Supports crackdown on private clinics

Letter to the editor to Nelson Daily (Link to the letter here) To The Editor: I find it very disgusting that big business continues to manipulate public opinion with there ill gotten fortunes. Newspaper, T.V., social media campaigns, are easy for these mega-rich companies; and used to manipulate the general public. Health Care is particularly vulnerable to uncompassionate corporations who profit immensely on the backs of sick people.…Read More

LETTER: Universal health care mandatory, says Langley reader

Jay Chalkman applauds ‘crackdown’ on private clinics and ‘unlawful’ billing. (Link to Langley Advance here) Dear Editor, I support public health care and the B.C. government’s crackdown on private clinics and unlawful private fees in order to protect patients. The B.C. government’s recent announcement about protecting patients and public funds from unlawful billing in private, for-profit clinics is great news and a long-time coming.…Read More

B.C. imposes harsh fines on doublebilling for medical services

Katya Slepian/Columbia Valley Pioneer Practitioners could face fines of up to $20,000 The province is cracking down on medical practitioners doublebilling for services already covered by B.C.'s Medical Services Plan, introducing new fines worth tens of thousands of dollars. On Wednesday, Health Minister Adrian Dix said the move brings into force outstanding sections of the 2003 Medicare Protection Amendment Act. Double billing is already illegal, Dix said, just not properly enforced.…Read More

New study shows patients paying thousands in extra user-charges to private clinics

B.C. and Quebec top the list for illegal billing Vancouver – Surveys of hundreds of private health clinics and patients across Canada reveal that extra user-fees amounting to hundreds or thousands of dollars are threatening access to health care and hurting patients.  A new cross-Canada study includes survey results of 136 private hospital, diagnostic and “boutique” physician clinics across Canada and almost 400 individual Ontario patients. Clinics and patients were asked about extra user-charges for needed health care services. …Read More

Tainted blood survivors call on B.C. government to protect blood supply

Tainted blood survivors call on B.C. government to protect blood supply as province ignores Canadian Blood Services warning FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Victoria - A group of tainted blood tragedy survivors and safe blood advocates delivered a strong message from British Columbians calling for a B.C. ban on the sale of blood and plasma at the Legislature today. The group is alarmed that the BC government appears to be ignoring a direct request from Canadian Blood Services (CBS) to end support for commercial blood brokers in B.C.…Read More

Canada's Health Coalitions Warn Cuts Coming to Health Care with Bilateral Health Deals

Canada's Health Coalitions Warn Cuts Coming to Health Care with Bilateral Health Deals FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  February 9th, 2017  Across Canada-- Canada's Health Coalitions signed a joint statement and held a media conference today on the recent bilateral health care deals and called for a united health accord.…Read More

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