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Concierge Medicine Clinics Breaking the Norms of Canada Health Act

Submitted by Nimisha Sachdev on Wed, 08/03/2011 – 06:35 | Source:

There are lots of benefits of “concierge medicine” clinics but the main problem to avail this is the cost, as it is quite expensive.

Patients opt for these clinics as they provide 24- hour access to doctors, dieticians, massage therapists, psychologists and other health care workers, and for that, they have to pay annual fee of $3,500.

These clinics get patients which opt out of crowded emergency rooms and away from over-burdened family doctors. Annette Aubrey shared her experience that after a recent unsuccessful search for a family doctor, she decided to pay $3,000 a year to Calgary clinic Provital Health Wellness. She further affirmed that now, she has got peace of mind, but also a sense of empowerment and engagement for her own good health.

Dr. Donovan Kreutzer, the Medical Director at Provital, said: “No other industry do I know of where you get into a clinic, you sit down, you wait for two hours, you get in and you get five minutes of a professional’s time”.

But patients are not entertained unless they pay for the annual fee, and on this, a parent complained, the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons, to pull Dockrill’s license, where his son was getting medical services.

Even these clinics are breaking the norms, set by the Canada Health Act, which has asked clinics not to charge hefty amount from patients.

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