“Specialist” Treatment

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Date: 2007


A resident of northern Ontario had to travel to Winnipeg to see a specialist for medical treatment.  She was denied funding for her travel costs under the Ministry of Health’s Northern Health Travel Grant program because the doctor was not certified as a specialist by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

The Ombudsman’s investigation found the doctor was one of several in Manitoba whoare recognized as specialists by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba and are paid as such in that province, even though they are not certified as specialists by the Royal College.  As a result of the investigation, the woman was given a travel grant, and the Ministry agreed to change its program, effective Jan. 1,2007, to cover such specialists.