WATCH: Warnings of illegal fees at private clinics

Ontario Health Coalition says patients charged up to $3,500

Your tax-dollars go to OHIP to cover a list of things but one of the province's health watchdogs warns to beware of private clinics that try to charge you for proceedures just so they can rake in a little extra cash themselves.

When patients go into some private clinics for things like cataract surgeries or colonoscopies, Natalie Mehra of the Ontario Health Coalition says they're dinged with up to $3,500 in fees.

But she says it's against the law according to the Canada Health Act and provincial legislation.

Mehra claims the clinics that don't charge fees for the proceedures themselves, often throw in tests that aren't needed to make money.

The Health Minister says if anyone gets charged extra fees, they should report the clinic in question.

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  1. Frankie posted on 03/25/2014 02:01 PM
    1. Wonder who's behind this Ontario Health Coalition, nurses union or some other group afraid of showing their face

    2. Only other countries that don't allow the extra billing concept are North Korea and Cuba. That says it all about our health legislation. Not exactly a club we want to be a part of.
    1. Jack posted on 03/25/2014 02:26 PM
      @Frankie This is why we need groups like Working Canadians, to expose the lies and half-truths that union bosses spread around in order to cement the strangleholds they have on us and our wallets.
  2. Angry Bill posted on 03/25/2014 03:50 PM
    The liberals hate competition. If there are any fees to be levied, the liberals want to be the ones doing it.
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