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US Company Banned From Conducting Screenings in Ontario

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Section: Canadian News Geography: USA, Ontario Topics: health

October 23, 2004

US Company Banned From Conducting Screenings in Ontario

A US company that tried to set up for-profit medical screenings in Ontario has been accused of preying on the fears of senior citizens. US-based Life Lines Inc. had planned to set up Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) screening clinics throughout Hamilton and the Niagara Peninsula early in October, but the Ontario government stepped in and banned the company before they arrived. Those who made appointments for the $60 screenings were offered free screenings in the United States.

MRI screenings are covered by Ontario Health Insurance (OHIP) when prescribed by a doctor. Advertisements by the company say that the tests can help prevent strokes. Some observers warn that it is just a matter of time before more U.S. companies start trying to charge Canadians for screenings that are paid for by public health care.

The new leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, John Tory, has said that more companies should be allowed to operate for-profit clinics in the province.

Shella Gardezi

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