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Is it legal physician in Ontario to charge patients

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Is it legal for a physician in Ontario to charge patients privately for a medical consult given over the internet or by smartphone?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Canada Law
Expert:  Debra replied 1 year ago.

A physician in Ontario may charge a patient for uninsured services so long as the charge is reasonable and so long as the physician provides the patients with a list of the charges ahead of time.

If you are a physician, I suggest that your next step be to confirm this information with a staff member at the OMA.

If you are the patient, then so long as you were provided with a list of fees ahead of time then it is likely that your being charged for this communication is lawful.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I am aware that it is legal to charge for uninsured services. The question here is whether an internet or smartphone medical consult counts as uninsured? The college specifically mentions telephone and email communication as being uninsured but makes no mention of internet or smartphone technology yet.
Expert:  Debra replied 1 year ago.

No it doesn't and you can certainly check with them, even anonymously but as telephones and email are mentioned there is no reason to think the other new forms of communications would not fall in the same category.

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