Montreal Hospitals Required to Suggest that Off-Island Patients Get Treated “Closer to Their Homes”

Montreal’s Health and Social Service Agency requires doctors to “inform off-island patients about treatments available closer to their homes.” Montreal patients, off-island or otherwise, have the right to be treated wherever they wish. However, the agency claims that, by suggesting that off-island patients be treated closer to their homes, the policy conserves the resources of Montreal’s hospitals. Some claim that the policy may confuse patients, and may even discriminate against patients who travel in order to receive specialized care.

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