WATCH: Another private clinic prepares to close: CTV
Several doctors who perform colonoscopy exams in private clinics say they will no longer provide those services after January 25.
That is the final day they'll be allowed to charge patients accessory fees.
At least 4 clinics in the Montreal area have already shut down or will opt out of Medicare and CTV is reporting that the Gastroenterology Centre in the West Island is planning to follow suit and close its doors in the next 10 days.
The doctors say if they can't charge extra fees for the use of equipment and staff, they can't afford to operate.
The closures means thousands of patients will have to go on waiting lists for endoscopies performed in hospitals.