BC LAWSUIT REIGNITES DEBATE ABOUT PRIVATE HEALTH CARE

Sep 06, 2016

By Christine Ross

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A landmark case is underway in B-C Supreme Court over health care. A lawyer for a private surgical centre is arguing that easing the restrictions on private health care for medically necessary services would shorten wait times and ease the pressure on medicare. Peter Gall told the court that decades of evidence has shown the government fails to provide timely access to treatment, which harms Canadians’ mental and physical health. But others will argue in this case that if the challenge succeeds, it will threaten the public system. One of those opponents is B.C physician Michael Klein, who is also a member of Canadian Doctors for Medicare. He told “Fight Back with Libby Znaimer” that the court challenge is more about profit and not patient care. Dr. Klein says it amounts to double-dipping and is unfair. The court challenge began Tuesday and is expected to last six months.

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