Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia

Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia

June 18, 2009 13:19 ET

ICBC Grabs Private Health Records of Accident Victims...

... through Unfair Agreement with BC Chiropractors; Conflict of Interest and Breach of Duty Now Underway

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Health/Medical Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor VANCOUVER / BRITISH COLUMBIA / NEWS RELEASE--(Marketwire - June 18, 2009) - The Trial Lawyers Association of BC (TLABC) has voiced serious concern about an agreement, now in effect, between the BC Chiropractic Association and the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC). For chiropractors who opt-in, the agreement guarantees a lump-sum payment upon treating a patient three times and also compels them to disclose the entire private health records of their patients upon request from ICBC.

"We wrote to the College of Chiropractors of BC about our concerns last week, and letters to chiropractors throughout the province will begin arriving today," said TLABC president Robert Holmes. "Our message to chiropractors and their regulatory body is that we completely disapprove of the ICBC agreement due to the conflicts of interest it creates. The rights of individuals who require treatment for injuries sustained in car crashes are being compromised."

Under the ICBC agreement, chiropractors get a $900 lump-sum payment whether they treat a patient suffering chronic problems three times or 30 times. ICBC has been calling the BC Chiropractic Association its "partner." Holmes advised: "It is wrong for health care professionals to compromise the rights of patients. A chiropractor's obligation should be to their patient, not to ICBC."

As Holmes explained, "ICBC's agreement has all the potential to pervert the doctor-patient relationship. The attempt to get chiropractors to declare patients cured after three visits does nothing to make patients better. The requirement to disclose the entire private and confidential health records of individuals leads chiropractors to breach their duty to patients."

TLABC has asked the College of Chiropractors, the regulatory body of the profession, to re-examine the agreement between ICBC and the BC Chiropractic Association (which took effect June 1, 2009) and address the concerns expressed regarding the conflicts it creates for chiropractors and the negative impact it has overall on injured people.

Contact Information

  • Bentley Doyle, Director of Communications, Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia
    Primary Phone: 604-682-5343 ext. 302
    Toll-Free: 888-558-5222