$55 charge, for processing medical?!

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$55 charge, for processing medical?!

Post by SoaringHigh » Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:24 am

Hi All,

just received an invoice in the mail for $55 from Transport. Apparently this the cost of processing my medical onto my license.

Does everyone receive this bill? This was my second CAT 1 medical... I swear I don't remember getting a bill in the mail after my first one. Is the first complimentary?

This one really blows my mind lol....

ps, I'm assuming most 703-4-5 operators cover the cost of medical plus the processing fee? Or am I way out to lunch.

Thanks pals.
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Re: $55 charge, for processing medical?!

Post by delta1 » Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:30 am

Haha welcome to the Canadian aviation industry. :goodman:
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Re: $55 charge, for processing medical?!

Post by JBI » Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:35 am

This is unfortunately a standard charge and has been for quite sometime. Some operators cover it, I think most don't. TC WILL send it to a collection agency if it's not paid.
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Re: $55 charge, for processing medical?!

Post by Beefitarian » Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:47 am

It's a new thing they started in the 1990s. It pays for the AIP updates they stopped mailing out.
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Re: $55 charge, for processing medical?!

Post by rigpiggy » Wed Oct 24, 2018 1:28 pm

ignore it, they will take it from your tax return. I already give the buggers a 5000$ interest free loan"tax refund" every year F@*& Em
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Re: $55 charge, for processing medical?!

Post by Oldguystrtn2fly » Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:04 pm

What is a AIP update? And if they stopped them, what is the fee for? I have actually been wondering about this fee myself. I go get a medical and pay the doctor. He stamps my license and I am legal. I require nothing from transport. Why would I pay them 55 dollars?
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Re: $55 charge, for processing medical?!

Post by C.W.E. » Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:24 pm

Why would I pay them 55 dollars?
Because you live in a socialist country and that is part of being a Canadian.
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Re: $55 charge, for processing medical?!

Post by Oldguystrtn2fly » Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:45 pm

C.W.E. wrote:
Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:24 pm
Why would I pay them 55 dollars?
Because you live in a socialist country and that is part of being a Canadian.
Touché, I’ll let my questions stand. I don’t expect a satisfactory answer because I honestly don’t think this fee is for anything. Perhaps it once was but now? Anyone?
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Re: $55 charge, for processing medical?!

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Re: $55 charge, for processing medical?!

Post by telex » Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:19 pm

Your question remains valid.

No AIP anymore.

No AIP updates anymore.

Welcome to Canada. I guarantee that you will pay.
Oldguystrtn2fly wrote:
Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:45 pm
C.W.E. wrote:
Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:24 pm
Why would I pay them 55 dollars?
Because you live in a socialist country and that is part of being a Canadian.
Touché, I’ll let my questions stand. I don’t expect a satisfactory answer because I honestly don’t think this fee is for anything. Perhaps it once was but now? Anyone?
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Re: $55 charge, for processing medical?!

Post by fish4life » Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:26 pm

AIP - you used to get a nice little binder in the mail with about 5 years worth of updates along with it everytime there was a revision. Best part is sometimes you replaced the same page 5 times.
This evolved into the AIM in printed form which everytime it was revised you just got a whole new manual in the mail.

Now you just bend over and pay $55 to click on a link
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Re: $55 charge, for processing medical?!

Post by Oldguystrtn2fly » Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:04 pm

Ok, Those links work if I have paid 55 bucks or not. Also, why would I pay transport for something navcanada provides? Try again folks.

55 dollars, they call it a processing fee for the medical, so what exactly gets processed?
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Re: $55 charge, for processing medical?!

Post by Aussiecat » Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:24 pm

"so what exactly gets processed?"

The money out of your bank ...............
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Re: $55 charge, for processing medical?!

Post by jakeandelwood » Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:48 pm

Beefitarian wrote:
Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:47 am
It's a new thing they started in the 1990s. It pays for the AIP updates they stopped mailing out.
:lol: I remember those! Better than having to buy the whole AíM like now
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Re: $55 charge, for processing medical?!

Post by SoaringHigh » Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:34 am

Aussiecat wrote:
Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:24 pm
"so what exactly gets processed?"

The money out of your bank ...............
The general concensus seems to agree with this quote, lol.

We pay the doc handsomely for 15 mins of his time, a stamp and I'm assuming a bit of work. But a clerk at transport charges me $55 to " process" my medical.

Just assuming the clerk is well compensated at $25/hr for basic admin work, and based upon the value of her time, she must of spent over two hours inputting my medical!!!

Must be logging my DNA or something, or trying to estimate the number of sexual partners I've had based upon my urine sample.....
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Re: $55 charge, for processing medical?!

Post by Aussiecat » Thu Oct 25, 2018 3:40 pm

Yes, even the Doc, now has most of the preliminary work done by one of the assistants ( well my exp. anyway) Not that I will complain, I have had good fortune to have Doctors that only charged the "arm" and not the "leg" also.
The fee for TC, to just receive a sticker a month or so later. not so much. a $20 fee would cover the sticker, postage and the small amount of time to mark our files or whatever gets done.
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Re: $55 charge, for processing medical?!

Post by Oldguystrtn2fly » Thu Oct 25, 2018 6:14 pm

Aussiecat wrote:
Thu Oct 25, 2018 3:40 pm
Yes, even the Doc, now has most of the preliminary work done by one of the assistants ( well my exp. anyway) Not that I will complain, I have had good fortune to have Doctors that only charged the "arm" and not the "leg" also.
The fee for TC, to just receive a sticker a month or so later. not so much. a $20 fee would cover the sticker, postage and the small amount of time to mark our files or whatever gets done.
What sticker are you referring to? And mark your file for what?
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Re: $55 charge, for processing medical?!

Post by C.W.E. » Thu Oct 25, 2018 6:32 pm

I had my medical renewed about four months ago and never got a sticker.
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Re: $55 charge, for processing medical?!

Post by Aussiecat » Thu Oct 25, 2018 10:15 pm

I always get a new sticker, looks exactly like the little photo medical printed in your license book, just with updated medical exam and expiry dates. Comes in same envelope as the bill........
As for the file , I know not what they do if anything, that was just my own imagined reason for the cost
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Re: $55 charge, for processing medical?!

Post by Oldguystrtn2fly » Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:31 am

I think someone else made mention of a sticker if you requested it. I did not get one nor do I want one . I also don’t think that I require transport to input, update, fill in, rotate, check oil or change the air filter in my “file” each time I renew a medical. Keep trying folks. I believe most will or already are where I am, and realize this is a aviation tax without any representation. This has been fun, we can do it next with the Navcanada 66 dollar if yo own and airplane fee is anyone is interested.
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Re: $55 charge, for processing medical?!

Post by SoaringHigh » Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:52 am

C.W.E. wrote:
Thu Oct 25, 2018 6:32 pm
I had my medical renewed about four months ago and never got a sticker.
I didn't get my $55 sticker, either.... :axe:
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Re: $55 charge, for processing medical?!

Post by HiFlyChick » Fri Oct 26, 2018 3:01 pm

First off, you don't get stickers any more - if you're so upset about it, go to Dollarama - they're much nicer and only cost a buck

Secondly, the fee is for processing the medical - given how much everything else in aviation costs, I don't get why everyone here gets their knickers in a twist about this stupid $55 fee. And I tend to think it was earlier than the 90s that it came into play, because I've been flying for longer than that and don't ever recall a time when I didn't pay this fee. With regards to all the complaints about the medical fee and no longer getting an AIP, your piece of paper still gets tracked in Ottawa, your CAME gets monitored, the RAMO's salary has to be paid, the tribunal or whatever they're called that you can appeal medical decisions to get compensated somehow, you can call and get free advice, or appeal decisions, etc, and yes, you will occasionally get a sticker if any conditions change. Maybe some will argue that your taxes pay for this, but should they? Not everyone flies, why should the general public's taxes pay for us to fly?

It's not like we're not paying through the nose for everything else in this industry, and I don't think the fee amount has changed in decades....
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Re: $55 charge, for processing medical?!

Post by Oldguystrtn2fly » Fri Oct 26, 2018 5:09 pm

So, pay because you have always paid and aviation is expensive. Good idea...

Again, I don’t want a sticker, I don’t need one so it’s not that, I also don’t care about an aip.

Answer me this, when they process the medical, why do I need them to do that?
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Re: $55 charge, for processing medical?!

Post by photofly » Fri Oct 26, 2018 5:54 pm

Look, if you don't want to pay, don't pay. It's an argument between you and the government; nobody here cares one way or the other.
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Re: $55 charge, for processing medical?!

Post by Oldguystrtn2fly » Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:57 pm

Look, if you don’t want to contribute positively to the thread, don’t contribute, no one cares one way or the other.
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