Thanks to a new Bill, BC residents will find themselves better protected against medical billing and have better access to diagnostic procedures.
Bill 92, which comes in to effect on October 1st, gives patients who were billed extra for necessary medical procedures the option to be refunded.
On top of that, the Bill puts the province in position to both recover 15.9 million in fines incurred under the Canada Health Act, and to subsequently fine clinics and practitioners in contravention to the Medicare Protection Act.
A second part of the Bill will introduce a new diagnostic strategy which comes in to effect April of next year.
Under the new strategy, the province is expected to be able to complete 225 thousand MRIs by the end of the fiscal year with 8 MRI machines operating 24/7, up from just one full time machine last year.