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Lyme disease patient handed hefty FOI bill

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980
September 08, 2014 08:24 pm

A woman suffering from Lyme disease had to turn to crowd funding to figure out why a BC government effort to treat the disease has gone off the rails.

Gwen Barlee says the province opened a special clinic in 2013 but over the last few months three doctors have thrown in the towel.

Barlee says she was given a $2160 bill when she filed an FOI for documents to find out why.

“I was very concerned that the government was charging over $2000 to access those records, and again said they weren’t in the public interest. What that is about, I am assuming, is the BC governmment doesn’t want potentially embarassing records being made public. But the public has a right to these records and lyme disease patients definitely have a right to these records.”

Barlee says the BC government should be making it easier to access information, not putting up roadblocks.

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