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Quebec health insurance board investigates clinics charging annual fees

'Concierge' medical services contravene Canada Health Act.

Dr. Yves Robert says some physicians try to make up for rising office expenses.by Charlie Fidelman, from the Montreal Gazette

Montreal, QC (January 19, 2011): Federal Liberal health critic Ujjal Dosanjh says medical clinic Medisys 123 bills patients for medically necessary procedures, which contravenes the Canada Health Act. For an up-front fee, Medisys gives parents instant access to a doctor.

Dr. Yves Robert of the Quebec College of Physicians says it's not always clear what is not insured, and so violations continue to mount. He says that some physicians try to make up for rising office expenses. According to Marie-France Courtemanche of Medisys, annual fees pay for uninsured services such as phone calls.

"Immediate access to top pediatric services might sound like a parent's dream, but it is available in Montreal - at a cost of $975 per year, per child. The fee buys 'concierge' health services at Medisys 123, a private clinic in downtown Montreal that is under investigation by the Régie for allegedly contravening billing regulationsÂ…"

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Posted: January 29, 2011

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