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Private clinic in Victoria routinely charged $1200 'facility fee' for MRIs.

One of 29 found violating Canada Health Act in BC, says Canadian Health Coalition.

The South Island Surgical Centre in Victoria closed its doors earlier this year.by Goldstream News Gazette

October 23, 2008 — Two private clinics in Victoria, one of which has shut its doors, were among 29 in BC that a health-care watchdog says it found violating Canada's rules over for-profit care.

In a report released in early October, the Canadian Health Coalition listed MRI Victoria among those that were charging for medically-necessary diagnostic scans.

It also alleges the now-closed South Island Surgical Centre routinely billed a $1,200 "facility fee" to patients whether or not their care was being paid for by BC's Medical Services Plan.

In December a nurse manager told a researcher posing as a patient "if it's an MSP and you want to jump the queue you can do that."

The surgical clinic closed its Chatterton Way office earlier this year because the lease had expired. . .

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  Clinics deny allegations of violating health act, Goldstream News Gazette, October 23, 2008

Posted: October 30, 2008

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