Reduce wait times; no block fee for prescriptions

A Peterborough-area woman recently sent a bill to her local hospital for her time (1 hr., 30 mins.) spent waiting for a cortisone shot.  This caused a stir.  She shone a light on an area where improvement is needed in Ontario’s inconsistent health care system.

To lessen wait times, along with a more conscientious schedule for patients, are we tapping the full ability of registered nurses to, for example, give coritsone shots?

We should also question why SOME health care professionals charge an additional fee for an “uninsured service?”  These are sometimes grouped together and called a “block fee.”

An additional fee or block fee for a service unrelated to an insured treatment; e.g., the transfer of health records, or parking—okay.

An additional fee or block fee for a service that is an integral part of an insured treatment (naturally accompanies or follows a treatment); e.g. a prescription, or preparation of an injection—not okay.

The people of Ontario pay a healthy premium for health care (remember it’s “not a tax”) let’s not nickel and dime them.

Some health care professionals may want to remember that they are well paid for the public service they provide, and…

“Always render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be.” – Og Mandino

The next time you visit a physician’s clinic make sure that you are not charged an additional fee for a service that naturally accompanies or follows an insured treatment.


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