The Canadian Health Coalition is speaking out against what they claim to be an illegal practice.
According to a recent poll conducted by the CHC, 9 out of 10 Canadians want the federal government to do something about unlawful billing.
James Hutt, the interim National Director of Policy and Advocacy for the organization said something needs to be done by the federal government to discourage this from continuing. So far, though, the lack of response from them is only helping to make the problem worse.
“The federal government needs to respond to these violations of the Canada Health Act,” he said. “They’re preying on vulnerable patients, they’re preying on seniors, especially, and it’s creating a wider gap for privatization to come in and undermine the health care system.”
When it comes to “undermining the system,” Hutt says there are examples of it happening all across Canada, including here in the Saskatchewan capital.
“We know that in Regina, specifically, there are two private MRI clinics that charge patients for an MRI and they charge about $900,” he said. “That’s more than nine times the cost of an MRI, in most cases.”
Hutt says high charges for basic procedures of this nature that leaves the public health system to deal with more complicated procedures, which can put a strain on resources and increase wait times at medical centres across the country.