A welcome second chance for BC medicare protection
This article points out a few aspects that are not often talked about. For every dollar of extra billing by a private for profit clinic, the federal government claws back an equal amount from its cash transfers. In 2015-16, that amount was $15.9 million, enough for 53,000 MRIs. So effectively, we all pay for the extra billing.
B.C. is the only province that Ottawa has repeatedly fined for unlawful extra billing.