Jumping the queue with petro-dollars?
According to the LaPresse newspaper, the MUHC allowed a woman from Kuwait to get ahead of Quebecers waiting for surgery. The report says the Kuwaiti government paid for what the paper called "the red carpet" treatment.
The MUHC confirms the La Presse story that the unidentified Kuwaiti woman received prompt treatment, but says she was brought to the front of the line on compassionate grounds for urgent care she couldn't get back home. MUHC spokesman Ian Popple says no Quebec patient was deprived of care as a result, that her hospital bed and her time in surgery did not come from regular hospital resources and that Kuwait paid the hospital 150-thousand dollars, or triple what it says was the normal cost of her care.
Popple wouldn't say what ailed the woman, but that her treatment was successful.
Quebec Health Minister Rejean Hebert, reacting to the news, expressed misgivings about what the MUHC did but has indicated that the hospital will not be fined.