Gatineau couple discharged from Ottawa family doctor ‘shocked,’ seeks answers – CBC

Bruyère Clinic says serving out-of-province patients becoming increasingly hard

May 22, 2024

A family from Gatineau, Que., is reeling after being told they will be discharged from their family doctor in Ottawa for a reason they are struggling to agree with — because they have Quebec health cards.

Last month Samira Drapeau, Drew Williams and their five-year-old son received separate letters from the Bruyère Family Medicine Centre in Ottawa where the family have been patients for eight years.

Many people in the National Capital Region live on one side of the Ottawa River but work on the other. It’s also not uncommon for people on the Quebec side to receive health services in Ottawa.

The letter stated that as of July 31, they would be discharged from the clinic and will no longer have access to services.

It went on to say that the family medicine centre will no longer be accepting out-of-province patients.

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