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Monday, 1 October, 2007

New passport regulations free MDs of guarantor hassle

Thanks in large part to Canadian Medical Association lobbying, the Canadian government's new passport application rules -- which come into effect today -- no longer require guarantors to be professionals like doctors, lawyers or engineers.

Generally doctors in Canada can bill patients directly for noninsured services, such as filling out forms, but federal law forbids passport guarantors from charging money for their help. According to today's , physicians have been guarantors for about 22% of passport applications.

Any measure to reduce doctors' paperwork is a good one, and this is no exception.

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