College of Physicians to evaluate whether Laval urologists overbilled vasectomy patients

Eight urologists working out of a clinic in Laval are being taken before the Quebec College of Physicians, suspected of overcharging clients for medications used during vasectomies.

A father of three filed a complaint after being obliged to pay $300 for two compounds — a disinfectant and a numbing agent that together cost about $15 when purchased at a pharmacy.

The compounds are supposed to be covered by medicare. The practice of charging additional fees for the medications has been banned since last year.

This case may set a precedent, as it's believed the billing practice is widespread among doctors who do vasectomies.