Federal government taking back $82 million from 8 provinces charging patients private fees, says Health Minister
by The Canadian Parvasi
According to Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, the federal government is taking back $82 million in federal health payments to the provinces for charging patients for treatments that should have been paid for by the government.
The federal government’s upcoming health transfer will be reduced for eight provinces as a result of patient fees in 2020 and 2021.
Most of the deductions relate to the costs of diagnostic procedures like MRIs and CT scans. The 2020 implementation of a new diagnostic services strategy by Ottawa ensured that the single-payer policy under the Canada Health Act would cover the costs of said tests.
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