Patient Sues for Timely Access to Diagnostic Test
Health authorities in the Canadian health care system often tell us that patients who really need diagnostic tests get access to them right away. Last month a patient in British Columbia was told he would have to wait months on a list for a colonoscopy. A week after Roman Cremonese filed a suit in small claims court against the Vancouver Island Health Authority he was bumped up the list and granted access to the test.
A timely diagnosis can mean all the difference in treatment options and outcomes. It’s up to each of us to advocate for our own patient-centered care. The next time you’re placed on a waiting list for a diagnostic test consider filing a suit in small claims court to help you jump the queue. It could turn out to be a life-saving leap for you!