Vancouver urgent care clinic suspends some services over legal battle with health authority – CBC

Owner Seymour Health claims province denied licences to bill for diagnostic services despite approving model

Jun 14, 2023

The day before Vancouver’s first urgent and primary care centre opened in 2018, the provincial government held a news conference celebrating the facility as a step toward improving the quality of health-care in the city.

“We want people to get the care they need in their community,” Health Minister Adrian Dix said that Sunday.

Less than five years later, that relationship has soured.

The clinic is deep into a legal battle that it says has ultimately forced doctors to stop providing patients with ultrasounds, X-rays and other critical diagnostic tests, despite having the equipment to do so in-house.

“Unfortunately, when our patients are coming to us at their most distressed state, we’re having to tell them that they can’t go and get the test done right now, even though we have the facilities down the hall,” said Dr. Eric Cadesky, a family physician and the chief medical officer for Seymour Health.

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