Toronto, Canada, June 28, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Roger R Foisy was recently interviewed by one of Canada’s leading law publications, the Law Times, on the issue of excessive fees charged by pharmacies and medical offices for providing client medical records. The concern with these charges is they are out of line with the time spent retrieving and providing the information.
Roger has been leading the client advocacy on this problem and has sounded the alarm. Eventually, these excessive costs impact clients’ net settlement values and increase costs for insurance companies – ultimately impacting premiums.
The Law Times Post:
A Mississauga, Ont., lawyer is challenging the Insurance Bureau of Canada to take action over the escalating cost of patients’ medical records. Despite guidelines from the governing professional bodies, he believes these charges are going beyond the actual costs of production and becoming a source of revenue for various parts of the health industry.
Personal injury lawyer Roger Foisy recalls that at the beginning of his legal career, copies of patient records were provided for free or occasionally for a small administration fee of up to $15. Now he finds that he’s expected to pay substantial fees for clinical reports from health service providers.
“At times, we are paying $50 for two pieces of paper from doctors or up to $500 for 100 pieces of paper and now pharmacists are getting in on the act. I kid you not, we are paying $75 to $150 for a prescription summary that may be one piece of paper.”
Foisy believes the providers are aware that lawyers seek reimbursement of the fee from the clients’ insurers. “They say it’s not really the patient’s money, but I see it as my clients’ money even if at the end of the day it is reimbursed. Insurance companies end up charging higher premiums because the cost of litigation is more expensive. It must cost them hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in pharmacy records alone and it is the victims that pay at the end of the day.”
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