By: Maureen Hussey, RO, RCLP, Execuitve Director / Registrar
This article appeared in issue 107 of the Eighth Line Newsletter, and has been edited for easier viewing on the web. Some of the information in this article may be out of date. Refer to our current static website pages for correct information.
We have all had the patient who has asked us to do something inappropriate. We know that common practice among most of our members is to refuse to be involved in indiscretions.
We know that all of our members know that it is wrong to back date a receipt or make it look like the daughter of the patient got the glasses and not their neighbour. We know it is wrong to say something was prescription and not plano sunglass. We know that it is wrong to bill the insurance company more than the glasses cost and put the balance on account for next time.
What if we did it anyways? What if we justified with “plano is a prescription” or “big insurance companies won’t miss the few dollars involved” or “it’s their money, they deserve it”.