BC Doctors Settlement

 

Due to a number of claim forms being received late, the Court has extended the deadline for the delivery of claim forms to the Claims Administrator to Friday, April 7, 2017 (2:00 PM Pacific/5:00 PM Eastern).

 

Class members who have already submitted claim forms to the Claims Administrator, but who missed the January 13, 2017 5:00 PM Eastern deadline, do not need to resubmit their claim forms.

A class action was certified against the Medical Services Commission of British Columbia and Her Majesty the Queen in right of British Columbia and the Minister of Health as represented by the Attorney General for British Columbia (the "Defendants") on July 12, 2012. The class action alleges that the class members were not paid by the Defendants when rendering medical services to British Columbian beneficiaries if such beneficiaries' Medical Services Plan premiums had not been paid (often referred to as "MSP negative" or simply "bad debt"). The claim advances a claim for damages against the Defendants on this basis. The class has been defined as follows: all medical practitioners who were enrolled under the Medical and Health Care Services Act, S.B.C. 1992, c. 76, as amended, at any time during the period July 23, 1992 to April 30, 1996, excluding those medical practitioners who were members of the Medical Services Commission at any time during that time period.

 

A previous notice was issued following which class members resident in British Columbia were required to opt out of the class action if they did not wish to participate, and class members not resident in British Columbia had to opt in to the class action to participate.

 

The lawyers for the class ("Class Counsel") and the plaintiff have entered into a settlement agreement (the "Settlement Agreement") with the Defendants. The Settlement Agreement has been approved by the Supreme Court of British Columbia. A copy of the Settlement Agreement can be viewed at www.gkn.ca or at www.bcdoctorssettlement.ca on the Legal Documents page. The settlement is binding on all class members.

 

The Defendants have paid $7.5 million (the "Settlement Fund") in full and final satisfaction of the class members' claims. The people entitled to participate in the settlement do not include persons who have opted out of the class action. From the Settlement Fund will be paid the fees and disbursements of Class Counsel and applicable taxes in the amount of $2,872,895.01 (which fees, and disbursements have been also been approved by the Supreme Court of British Columbia), and the fees and disbursements of the Claims Administrator. The remainder will be distributed to the class members who submit valid claims to the Claims Administrator in accordance with the Settlement Agreement.

 

In order to participate, class members are required to submit a claim form to the Claims Administrator on or before 5:00 PM Eastern, January 13, 2017. The amount each class member will receive will be determined based upon which medical specialty he or she practised during the Material Time, his or her fee-for-service billings to the Medical Services Plan during the Material Time, and the total number of Class members within each specialty who make a claim against the Settlement Fund.

 

Claim Form Deadline Extended – Received by the Claims Administrator by April 7, 2017 at 5:00 PM Eastern

You may download the claim form by clicking
here or you may email us at bcdoctorssettlement@crawco.ca to request one. It is suggested that you submit your completed claim form by fax to 1-888-842-1332 or by email to bcdoctorssettlement@crawco.ca to ensure that your form is received on time. For additional assistance, please call the BC Doctors Information Line at 1-877-797-6682.