Measures needed to stop expansion of for-profit clinics

It’s no secret that the provincial government is letting for-profit clinics flout the laws designed to limit for-profit delivery of medically necessary services and protect our access to care. That’s why I’m glad that serious concerns are being raised regarding the expansion of for-profit surgical and diagnostic clinics at this year’s Union of B.C. Municipalities Convention.

Dear Editor:

It’s no secret that the provincial government is letting for-profit clinics flout the laws designed to limit for-profit delivery of medically necessary services and protect our access to care. That’s why I’m glad that serious concerns are being raised regarding the expansion of for-profit surgical and diagnostic clinics at this year’s Union of B.C. Municipalities Convention.

Mayors and councillors will be calling on Victoria to stop the expansion of these clinics. They’re concerned that these businesses will lead to two-tier care that will leave the rest of us worse off – with longer waiting lists and declining care.

The UBCM Resolution on for-profit clinics shows that it’s time for Health Minister de Jong to take a leadership role in protecting British Columbians from private investors who are charging unlawful user fees and billing patients for health services already covered by Medicare.

Rachel Tutte,

Co-chair, B.C. Health Coalition

Vancouver

 

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