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Doctor under fire for letter allegedly asking patients to fund retirement

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A Canadian doctor who allegedly sent a letter to patients asking them to sponsor his retirement has come under fire from regulators. Dr. Myron MacDonald, a doctor in West Vancouver, said various expenses have depleted his funds leaving him with little take-home pay, CTV News reported.

“Any amount will be of help to me,” the 74-year-old allegedly wrote to his patients. “Perhaps $20 to $30 a month on your credit card could work for you.”

According to the report, MacDonald billed the medical services plan $163,978.42 last year. The B.C.’s College of Physicians and Surgeons slammed his alleged request for patient funds in a statement to CTV News.

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“Any physicians who request money from patients to support him or her in retirement would be contravening a foundational principle which every physician is required to abide by: Do not exploit patients for personal advantage,” the statement said.

The report said MacDonald would not be disciplined but would not be allowed to accept money.