BC Medical Services Agency Files Injunction Against Telus LifePlus Program



THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan


BC Medical Services Agency Files Injunction Against Telus LifePlus Program

The Agency claims that the program creates a two-tier healthcare system





BC’s Medical Services Commission has filed an injunction against Telus Health over its paid health care program.

The commission filed an injunction with the BC Supreme Court on Thursday alleging that Telus’ LifePlus program violates the Medicare Protection Act, according to a statement from Health Secretary Adrian Dix.

“It is very important to enforce the Medicare Protection Act, which is in place to preserve our government-operated and fiscally sustainable health care system for British Columbia. Access to necessary medical care should be based on need and not an individual’s ability to pay,” Dix said.

The LifePlus program costs $4,650 for the first year. The Medical Services Commission has been instructed to investigate whether it allows those who pay to unfairly jump the queue for healthcare.

The order does not apply to Telus Health Virtual Care services.

More to come.


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