Government Says Doctors Can Charge Patients Privately for Flu Shots
By cutting funding for physician-delivered flu shots under MCP, the provincial government acknowledges it has created a scenario where doctors can directly charge patients a fee for the flu shot.
“I believe doctors would be able to charge patients directly in this scenario. In de-insuring the flu shot as a stand-alone service (as proposed), we restrict/inhibit doctors’ ability to bill the public purse for the service, but we cannot constrain physicians – as independent business people – from offering it to patients who are willing to pay out of pocket.”
Email from Manager of Physician Services, DHCS to Deputy Minister, DHCS, May 18, 2017
“We could attempt to mitigate the problem of physicians billing patients for the flu shot by controlling the supply of publicly-purchased flu vaccine that was distributed to FFS physicians.”
Email from Manager of Physician Services, DHCS to Deputy Minister, DHCS, May 18, 2017.