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 Post subject: Canadian LASIK surgeons opt out of public healthcare
PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 3:19 pm 
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MDs going private at faster rate

'A worrisome trend'; Charest Liberals have no interest in improving public system, expert says

AARON DERFEL
The Gazette

Thursday, February 14, 2008

The number of doctors in Quebec who have gone private - opting out of medicare and billing patients directly - has more than tripled in less than a decade, The Gazette has learned.

The number of such physicians is still low - 158 out of almost 16,000 practising in the province - but the increase has been constant and has occurred despite a chronic shortage of general practitioners and specialists in the public system.

In contrast, Ontario stopped allowing doctors to opt out of medicare in 2004, and since then the number has dropped to 45 from 121. And unlike Quebec, Ontario patients paying out of pocket to be seen by a private physician are reimbursed for "medically necessary" services by that province's medicare board.

Ontario closed the opting-out provision even though the province has more than 25,000 physicians and a smaller shortage of specialists, per capita, than Quebec.

In this province, those opting out in the past have been mostly plastic surgeons performing facelifts and breast augmentations, as well as ophthalmologists doing Lasik eye surgery.

Read the full article at:
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/s ... 89&k=60170

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