MONTREAL — Two Montreal cardiologists are facing disciplinary charges over allegations of medical kickbacks, the Montreal Gazette has learned.
The Quebec College of Physicians has concluded a 14-month investigation after the Gazette reported doctors at several Montreal hospitals routinely accepted bribes from patients to fast-track services to publicly funded health care.
Patients told the Gazette they regularly give envelopes stuffed with cash for preferential treatment and for obstetricians to show up for deliveries.
Patients confessed to slipping $100 bills under the pillow before going into the operating room and making up to $10,000 in under-the-table payments at doctors' offices.
Some complained of surgeons demanding nearly $1,000 for "administrative fees" while simultaneously billing the RAMQ, the health insurance board.
While top health officials initially called it a marginal affair and a rare situation at a few facilities, doctors and patients called it "an open secret."...
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
"Envelopes Stuffed With Cash" Help Montreal Patients Jump the Queue for Medical Treatment
I'd call that de facto "two tier" medicine, wouldn't you? From the Province: