A government spokesperson says a “clerical error” resulted in a misunderstanding with a patient’s bill at Regina’s Wascana Rehabilitation Centre.
Gerald Ennis, a resident at Regina’s Wascana Rehabilitation Centre received notice recently his rent would be increasing by 130-percent.
Ennis was convinced he would have to pay over $2,600 from $1,089 in order to live in the facility.
Ennis, who is a retired mechanic has been diagnosed with ALS.
He told reporters Wednesday the news was something which immediately caused panic.
Health Minister Jim Reiter, who was on hand for another health-related media announcement spoke to Ennis and pledged he would investigate further.
According to the government spokesperson, a letter incorrectly stated Ennis’ rate would be set at $2,689 however, the spokesperson confirms the correct amount is actually $1,791.
In an email to media outlets, the government spokesperson says Ennis was charged the minimum rate of $1,086 upon admission to Wascana Rehabilitation Centre in October of 2016 — without income information, which is a standard policy.
Apparently, financial information which was provided by Mr. Ennis’ family on June 9th likely led to a miscalculation.