New report shows patients subject to thousands in illegal extra user-fees in private clinics.
Canada's health coalitions released a new report, “Private Clinics and the Threat to Public Medicare in Canada”.
Surveys of hundreds of private health clinics and patients across Canada reveal that extra user-fees amounting to hundreds or thousands of dollars are threatening access to health care and hurting patients.
The cross-Canada study includes survey results of 136 private hospital, diagnostic and “boutique” physician clinics across Canada and almost 400 individual Ontario patients. Clinics and patients were asked about extra user-charges for needed health care services.
On April 10th the judge agreed to an adjournment of the trial until at least September 5, 2017. Over the next four months all the parties will be working to ensure their documentation (witness lists and statements, expert reports and counter-reports, agreement on common book of documents etc.) is finalized and any outstanding applications are handled.Read more
March 17th marked Day 78 of the Cambie Corp vs B.C. Charter Challenge, which officially got underway in BC Supreme Court on September 6, 2016. It is estimated that the trial could go until as late as mid-December 2017 (including various breaks), so we could be almost, maybe, be about half way through the trial, at least at the Provincial Supreme Court level. It felt like a good time to give a summary of the action in the courtroom to date.Read more
This week, court will NOT be in session. For the following two weeks, starting March 6, the court will be dealing with various applications from both the plaintiffs (Cambie) and the defendants (BC). Witnesses for the plaintiffs will once again take the stand the week of March 27 and this will continue at least through mid-May. This is all subject to change, as always.
Court was in session only one day this week: February 14. Next week (February 20-14), court will be in session all week, with the Plaintiffs continuing to bring forward their witnesses.
Court will NOT be in session the week of February 28 - March 3.
The court is not in session this week. The plaintiffs will continue their case next week (February 6-10). Generally, the court is in session for 3 weeks, then off for 1 week.
The trial continues with the plaintiffs, Cambie Corp. et al, continuing to call their witnesses to the stand for examination. BC and/or Canada will follow with a cross-examination of each witness. We will keep you posted which witnesses our lawyers will be cross-examining (none this week). There will be NO trial proceedings next week, the week of January 30th.
The trial continues with the plaintiffs, Cambie Corp. et al, continuing to call their witnesses to the stand for examination. BC and/or Canada follow with a cross-examination of each witness. We will keep you posted which witnesses our lawyers will be cross-examining.
The trial is taking place at the BC Supreme Court, 800 Smithe St. Vancouver. The courtroom schedule, is generally 10-12:30 & 2-4:30, but this can change on any given day, depending on the needs of the different parties and witnesses.
The trial continues with the plaintiffs, Cambie Corp. et al, continuing to call their witnesses to the stand for examination. BC and/or Canada follow with a cross-examination of each witness. Our lawyers will cross-examine the plaintiffs' expert witness, Professor Dan Kessler on December 14.Read more
Jen was at court on Monday Dec 5th to hear our lawyers take on an expert witness from the Fraser Institute:
Check out her recap here: