CLINIC OK TO CHARGE FOR PROCEDURES
THERE’S nothing wrong with a private Winnipeg clinic charging for ultrasound and echocardiogram exams, despite it not being licensed to do so, Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen says.
“It doesn’t appear to be that they are in violation in Manitoba,” he told reporters Monday.
The Prota Clinic on Lorimer Boulevard is advertising ultrasound and echocardiograms.
Both procedures were designated in the 1990s as excluded services not requiring licensing, so the clinic is doing nothing wrong by not having a licence to carry out the procedures, the health minister said.
He wasn’t a part of the Manitoba legislature when that decision was made and couldn’t immediately say why the two services were excluded. Goertzen said he would be looking into the situation further.
NDP Leader Wab Kinew demanded to know why Prota is charging for the services.
“Why aren’t these covered by public health?” he said.
There are various types of health services offered privately across Canada, especially as a result of long wait times, Goertzen told Kinew.