Gaming the system or how to profit from a Pandemic.
Even In the days of plague people will find a way to milk the system. On December 12th my daughter and her husband came home to their condo, in a nice area of Toronto, close to the Allen Expressway, but not too close. Close enough to make it about halfway between PEARSON Airport and downtown Toronto. The condo is located so as to be convenient for downtown workers yet sufficiently pleasant to raise a family and not be afraid to take your kids out for walk. It is very convenient to Toronto Airport.
As they were about to turn into the parking area of their four story building, they were surprised to find that there were so many cars in their normally sparsely occupied parking area that they could hardly get in. Over the next few days, they found that crowding of their parking lot was becoming constant. A couple of days later, my daughter, an RN (Registered Nurse) was coming home by taxi. She remarked to the Taxi Driver,that she couldn't believe how full she has found the parking area. He said to her, "It's the Covid Testing Centre, Ma'am ! Didn't you know about it?" She didn't, but she resolved to find out what it was all about. She decided to investigate.
Apparently, a small ground suite in her residential building had been bought by someone who decided to lease it out to a Quebec based medical group, by the name of ELNA MEDICAL who saw an opportunity to make big bucks capitalizing on the current worldwide health problems.
Laxity of the federal government's airport surveillance, so inadequate that the Premier of the Province of Ontario threatened to take over the management of Toronto Airport (Pearson) from the federal government to ensure that adequate measures are being taken to protect the country from the Chinese virus. Due diligence hadn't been followed and we are now paying for it. International flights continue to come in to the country with minimal and inadequate screening so it easy to understand why various groups would find it valuable to get a rapid result of their Covid test. A negative test would enable many to avoid quarantine and to facilitate those carrying on to other destinations. The tests are not cheap. They offer a swab test, (which they assure you is approved by the Chinese Embassy), results within 30 hours, 'valid for all travels internationally'. That costs $260.00. This shows if you are currently infected.
They also offer an antibody test, which measures antibodies to the virus in the blood stream and indicates a level of immunity. Results within 30 hrs.
It costs $180. As a special deal you can have both done for S400.00.
None of this is covered by OHIP and in fact contravene the Canada Heath Act, as well as zoning laws. I have spoken to front-line professionals who inform me they cannot access such services in major hospitals.
My daughter called the RCMP, The Toronto City Police and the Health Unit all of whom took her story seriously. She also informed some of her fellow condo owners.
The following day there were some security guards supervising the parking lot and the day after the whole operation seemed to have ceased. Since then the whole Covid testing operation in the building has ceased.
Here is an online Google post:
If you require house calls, for a minimum party of 5, in Montreal only, please send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our available tests. COVID-19 PCR + Antibody Test - Toronto. COVID-19 PCR + Antibody Test - Toronto. COVID-19 Testing in our Toronto Facility 778 Sheppard Ave W. Unit 103 North ... Regular ...
Here is an old link to a CTV on 'private' Covid Testing.