U.S. style health care? Not for us.
For-profit clinic CEO Brian Day has launched a lawsuit against Canada’s public health care system.
If he wins, many Canadians won't be able to afford health care and we will have to wait longer for treatment.
We are a group of patients, doctors and health care advocates and we're fighting for Canadians in this case.
We represent the vast majority of people in Canada who believe our ability to get health care should be based on need, not ability to pay.
Brian Day's lawsuit wants U.S. style health care for Canada - where people go bankrupt, lose their homes and lifesavings, or worse, because they can't afford treatment when they need it.
Canada’s health care system is admired worldwide. It keeps us healthy without having to choose between mortgage payments and medical bills. It’s important to protect it, and make it better for everyone.
The case goes to trial September 6, 2016.
What's at stake?
Canadian public health care.
In Canada, everyone is covered by public insurance and we can get basic treatment and care no matter how much money we have. That means that under our current laws, doctors and private insurance companies don't get to decide who gets care and who doesn't.
Cambie Surgeries Corporation CEO Brian Day wants to change that.
He is trying to use the courts to:
Allow doctors to charge patients whatever price they want for all health care services.
- Allow private insurance companies to sell insurance for publicly covered services. In other words, allow private insurance companies to offer - and deny - coverage for basic care like visits to the doctor or the emergency room, or cancer treatment.
If Brian Day wins, many Canadians won't be able to afford health care and we will have to wait longer for treatment - while the very wealthy pay to jump ahead in line.
We need real improvements to make our health care system work better for everyone, including shortening wait times.
Brian Day's lawsuit would make things much worse for regular Canadians. A win for Day would be a loss for us.
The values behind our side in the case
Health care when you need it, not only when you can afford it - Everyone in Canada should be able to get the same quality health care based on their need, rather than their bank balance.
People's health comes before corporations' profit - CEO Brian Day's lawsuit would make it easier for private insurance companies and for-profit facility owners like himself to line their pockets, at the expense of people in pain.
Evidence-based wait times solutions - Everyone deserves timely, quality care. There are proven steps we can take to shorten wait times for care, and these must be acted on immediately.
Brian Day's lawsuit would allow a privileged few to pay to jump ahead in line while most Canadians would wait longer and/or be unable to afford care. That's not fair, and it would be bad for our health and pocketbooks.
Please help us defend public health care in court by contributing to our legal fund.
You can donate through a secure gifttool form on the BC Health Coalition's main site. Every little bit makes a difference.
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