B.C. government asks for injunction targeting private clinic
The B.C. government has filed for an injunction to force a controversial private clinic operator to stop billing patients for services already covered by provincial health care.
The province's Medical Services Commission released an audit last month that concluded Cambie Surgeries Corp. and the Specialist Referral Clinic, which are owned by the same company, were illegally billing patients.
The commission ordered the clinics to stop, but both clinics ignored an Aug. 17 deadline.
The commission says it has now filed for an injunction, because neither clinic has even responded to its audit or order.
Dr. Brian Day, who runs both clinics, has launched his own court challenge of the province's health-care laws and repeatedly challenged the government to attempt to shut him down.
The Medical Services Commission concluded the clinics were engaged in what's known as "extra billing," which refers to any instance in which a patient is billed for a procedure that is supposed to be covered by provincial health care.