A Montreal hospital is looking into a complaint after Zbigniew Malysa was denied treatment for not speaking French. He said the urologist refused to speak to him.

After immigrating to Poland over 30 years ago, the Canadian citizen said he was belittled in front of two medical residents. “I didn’t believe it happened. I was thinking maybe I was dreaming” said Malysa.

On Wednesday Malysa recounts his story to CBC:

He was referred to the CHUM hospital to see Dr. Luc Valiquette because he had high blood pressure and elevated creatine levels. He was first seen by two English speaking residents that gave him a form ordering a colonoscopy.

Dr. Valiquette then came into the room, visibly angry. Only speaking once in English he said “How long are you in Quebec?… The East Europeans take advantage of our healthcare system here.”

Malysa now upset, says he was completely confused. “I didn’t take any advantage. I have serious health problems with very high blood pressure and some blood in my urine. The doctor said to me I have to check this.”


Malysa said he never got his urine test nor any other treatment. He also said the residents got yelled at for prescribing a colonoscopy, meanwhile Dr. Viliquette ripped up the form and threw it in the garbage.

After a complaint was made, Viliquette called and left a message for Malysa Thursday night but Suzanne Malysa told CBC Montreal’s Daybreak there was no misunderstanding between Valiquette and her father that day at the hospital.

“You don’t misunderstand to rip up papers, you don’t misunderstand to assume someone’s nationality and say you’re taking advantage of the Quebec health-care system,” she said. “To me, that’s not a misunderstanding at all.”