Some patients opt to pay for U.S. cancer screening, even as new B.C. program seeks to alleviate backlog

West Vancouver resident Leah Rowntree found out she had cancer four and a half weeks ago. She had to wait a month for an ultrasound scan in B.C. after discovering a lump in her breast.

But it wasn’t until she made a trip to the U.S. and had an MRI there that she learned it was a lot more serious than she’d been told.

While Rowntree, 49, was in L.A. for a scheduled vacation, her friend recommended she do everything she could to get a second opinion. 

Rowntree says she knows not everyone can afford to pay for private care, but long wait times in B.C. are not leaving people with a lot of

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