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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.

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