March 8, 2023
Dear Patients of Spectrum,
Certain services that we provide to you are not funded by the public healthcare system through MSP. While we understand the cost of living has increased substantially, we have not increased our fees in over a decade while the recommended fees have increased substantially from our current rates. Our clinic operational costs have also increased. Because of this, we are adjusting our fees.
As you can see, we are still charging below the recommended rates. We do not want cost to be a barrier to you accessing the services you need and if you cannot afford one of these services your provider may consider an adjusted rate on compassionate grounds.
|Service||Current Fee||Updated Fee||Doctors of BC Recommended Fee|
Doctor’s Note/Written certificate, including Medical Certificate of Death, Government Medical EI form, SPARC Parking form, time off school or work, and other written certificates
|Medical Forms, eg) long-term disability forms||$30||$40||$48.25|
|Physical Fitness Examination for School, Camp, etc, including certificate||$75||$80||$81.50|
|Special Authority Form – Billable only when requested by a 3rd party insurer||$0||$40||$83.30|
|Drug Benefit Form for Third Party Insurer, eg) Blue Cross||$0||$40||$83.30|
|Examination to obtain Driver’s license (yellow form)||$75||$100||$226|
|Examination to obtain Driver’s License (blue form)||$75 (MSP billable)||$75 (MSP billable)||$226|
Copy of Medical Chart
Liquid Nitrogen (cosmetic)
|Skin Excision (cosmetic)||$0||$150||$200.50|
To date we have not charged for liquid nitrogen for cosmetic concerns and have covered the cost for you. To offset these costs, we are introducing a fee that is substantially less than that charged by cosmetic dermatologists. This does not include medical indications for treatment, such as warts.
We would like to remind you that these fees are payable only by cash or cheque.
These updated fees will go into effect on March 20th, 2023.
Your Spectrum Healthcare team