FALSE CREEK not seeing AMERICANS?

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FALSE CREEK not seeing AMERICANS?

Postby AlmostClever » Tue Mar 09, 2010 3:00 pm

"Sorry, we're not testing Americans at the moment."

8O WHAT?!?!? I thought this was a private clinic?

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Any other Americans have this problem? :cry:
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Postby happy_canuck » Tue Mar 09, 2010 3:05 pm

AlmostClever,

I saw an earlier posting by their Director who said they were looking into the liability insurance needed to cover testing of US citizens.

I run an IT consulting comapny and we need to carry huge liability insurance to do business for US clients; in fact, our regular professional liability carrier no longer supported businesses doing business for US clients and we had to switch. The history of lawsuits was making everyone a little jumpy, I guess.

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Postby AlmostClever » Tue Mar 09, 2010 3:09 pm

Well, OK, i guess...

I sign liability waivers all the time in my business...seems pretty simple...

KILL THE LAWYERS1!! :evil: (present company excluded of course!)
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Postby Johnson » Tue Mar 09, 2010 3:18 pm

Try Access MRI in Surrey, BC (a suburb of Vancouver). Somebody reported on here last week that they had a good experience, and a positive DX for CCSVI. It is also quite a bit cheaper than FC, I believe.

False Creek seems to me to have a bit of an attitude. At first, they were offering a bit of a deal to people with MS, but that seems to have evaporated since the demand exploded. They have also seemed to have had limited success in seeing CCSVI, though that may change now that Simka has attended there and shown them a few tricks.

They have seemed arrogant to me, and to say that they are not doing Americans has little to do with any real concern for Canadians. They are in it for the money, and whatever other reasons they may have had to become doctors. I wonder if they would give you treatment if you were struck by a car in front of their clinic, or say "sorry, yer not one of us". It makes me wonder how they could possibly accept Dr. Simka's expertise in training them - after all, he's Polish!.

Try Access. I think they were $1400 for the MRV, which is about $1450 US these days.

Best of luck.
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Postby AlmostClever » Tue Mar 09, 2010 3:20 pm

Thanks Johnson!
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Postby happy_canuck » Tue Mar 09, 2010 3:37 pm

The Access MRI facility has the 1.5T machine and False Creek has the 3.0T. Maybe that explains the price difference. Has anyone here gone to Access? Do they do the Doppler ultrasound too?
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Postby Billmeik » Tue Mar 09, 2010 6:47 pm

you know doppler ultrasound for $500 is a good place to start...(you need a trained operator, false creek has that now)
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Postby AlmostClever » Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:02 pm

Johnson wrote:
Try Access. I think they were $1400 for the MRV, which is about $1450 US these days.

Best of luck.


I checked with them and they are only seeing Canadians with a referral from a Canadian doctor.

Back to BNAC and $4500....
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Postby Johnson » Tue Mar 09, 2010 9:59 pm

AlmostClever wrote:
Johnson wrote:
Try Access....


I checked with them and they are only seeing Canadians with a referral from a Canadian doctor.

Back to BNAC and $4500....


I'm sorry to read that. I am so glad that Poland, or Stanford, don't exhibit that same xenophobia. It is weird, because our publicly-funded hospitals accept foreign patients as a matter of course.
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Postby mangio » Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:06 pm

The newspapers here had some fun with Palin's cross border hospital
hopping admission in her speech here yesterday. I knew I liked
that girl for a reason - she knows a bargin.
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