Patient with benefits – ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

I thought Bernie Madoff – (MADE OFF) was an interesting double entendre….now we have the Leering Case……..where is Pierre Trudeau when we need someone to bar the door to the bedrooms of the populace……….apparently, all the uniform supply stores are stocking up on chastity belts, his and hers……

On February 2 the Ontario Court of Appeal rendered its decision in Leering v. College of Chiropractors of Ontario2010 ONCA 87, a professional ethics/discipline case concerning the stiff prohibition on sexual relations between medical professionals and their patients.

In December 2004,the appellant Vincent Leering,a chiropractor, commenced an intimate relationship with a woman. They began to co-habit in March 2005. In April 2005, this girlfriend of his sought chiropractic treatment from Leering. Leering had her sign an informed consent to treatment form, opened up a patient file for her, and filled out a patient entrance form. Between April and October 2005, Leering provided her with treatment on 28 occasions, both at home and at the clinic. Because she had insurance coverage for these treatments, Leering billed his girlfriend.

In October 2005 the couple broke up. Treatments ceased. Leering sent a bill for the 

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approximately $600 balance owing. When she did not pay, he referred the account to a collection agency. The ex then complained to the College of Chiropractors of Ontario about (only) the bill. Alerted to the existence of a possible professional-patient sexual relationship, the College brought Leering before its Discipline Committee, which found that Leering had committed sexual abuse of a patient within the meaning of the Health Professons Procedural Code, being Schedule 2 of the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, S.O. 1991, c. 18, and revoked his certificate of registration for a period of 5 years.

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