Kuwaiti patient jumped the queue at the MUHC, ombudsman says

Ombudsman Raymonde St. Germain says what occurred at the McGill University Health Centre three years ago should never be allowed to happen again.

A woman from Kuwait had flown in for surgery at the Royal Vic, a service for which the hospital was paid $200,000.

But many of the details surrounding this visit are still under dispute.

The ombudsman says the money paid out to cover the treatment was passed through a private company called Montreal Medical International (MMI), which she says may have been created to circumvent Quebec's regular health care structure.

"It appears that it is that because it got around the system by creating this company," says St. Germain.

But the MUHC says MMI was created to deal with the hospital's overseas work and was not involved with the funds for this patients' treatment.

"The MUHC cashed the check and we deposited it into the accounts of the MUHC," says CEO Normand Rinfret.

Queue jumping

The ombudsman also says the Kuwaiti patient bumped out Quebecers who had been waiting for surgery because there were 38 people on the cardiology wait list on the day the woman was treated.

"Perhaps if she wouldn't have come, 37 would have been on the list."

But, the hospital says those other patients could not have been seen due to budget restrictions, and that the money from the Kuwaiti patient would have allowed more people to be care for.

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  1. Manoli posted on 06/09/2014 08:43 PM
    Bet you some of the 37 on that list three years ago are still on it and some died waiting .
  2. Murray posted on 06/09/2014 08:49 PM
    And the Jewish General Hospital Foundation saw to it that their top 200 donors received H1N1 shots before those really in need got them.

    Today I saw someone demonstrating in front of the Jewish General with an interesting sign. It called upon people to Google: Does the Jewish General Have a Problem?
  3. clint posted on 06/09/2014 10:56 PM
    And this is what a "super hospital" should be...let people from all over the world come here to get medical treatment for CASH....and that cash should go towards giving medical attention to Quebeckers. Hire the best doctors from all over the world and become THE place to come for treatment. Pay the Doctors accordingly and it should fund the medical system here.
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