Published On: Wed, Feb 22nd, 2012

Two Montreal Cardiologists Accused of Accepting Bribes

Two Montreal cardiologists are facing disciplinary action over allegation they received bribes to push patients to the top of the waiting list, the Quebec College of Physicians reported.

The college’s investigation uncovered at least two doctors who were allegedly taking envelopes of cash in exchange for providing faster service, Dr. Charles Bernard told CBC News Tuesday.

“It’s awful,” said Bernard, who heads the college. “It’s unacceptable. Usually, physicians have a good job, a good pay. It’s very difficult for me to understand that.”

According to the CBC, the investigation was triggered 14 months ago, when a Montreal woman told the news media she had paid a $2,000 cash “incentive” to have a family member bumped to the top of a waiting list.

The college said the two cardiologists would face a disciplinary hearing later this year, however, nothing as yet has been proved.

Health care in Canada is delivered through a publicly funded health care system, which is mostly free at the point of use.

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