Trial Update for week of December 5

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 be cross-examining the plaintiffs' expert witness, Mr. Yannick Labrie on December 5.

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Video recap of our Opening Remarks

Our opening statements to the BC Supreme Court are in! Edith MacHattie, Chair of the BC Health Coalition is at the courthouse to share her thoughts on what we heard.

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Cambie Lawsuit Intervenor's opening statement now available

For Immediate Release: VANCOUVER (September 14, 2016) – An intervenor group of patients, doctors and advocates outlined the potential threat to patients posed by the Cambie lawsuit in opening statements to the BC Supreme Court today. 

Two patients in the intervenor group, one living with Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy and other living with AIDS, represent those who stand to lose the most in this case - economically vulnerable people who rely on a sound public health care system, counsel for the group told the court.

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Intervenors present opening arguments this morning

Join us at the BC Supreme Court this morning, as we (along with the Patient Intervenor group, Schoof et al) give their opening remarks, starting at 10am. Courtroom 53. We however will be there from 8:30am onwards. To see our Media Advisory, click HERE.

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Video recap of Crown's Opening Remarks

Adam Lynes-Ford gives a quick video recap of the BC Government's Opening Remarks, completed yesterday. Today the Intervenors have their say.

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The public-private insurance mix in European countries

Canadian Doctors for Medicare - The crux of Dr. Day’s case is he would like to bill the government for the amounts on the fee schedule, and then bill the patient or the private insurer. In his interviews, Dr. Day infers this will be like European private/public hybrid health care delivery systems, usually pointing to France, Germany and Switzerland.

There is no singular European health care system; each nation has its own. Thus, he is comparing apples to oranges, pineapple, bananas and kumquats.

The World Health Organization's European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies publishes health system review reports about each nation. 

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Week Two Schedule: Opening Remarks of BC and Intervenors

In the first week, the lawyers for the Plaintiffs (Cambie et al) gave their Opening Remarks, laying out their case over four days. This week (September 12-15, 2016), the Defendants and Intervenors will have the opportunity to do the same.

UPDATE: Monday and Tuesday, the Crown will give their Opening Remarks, with the Intervenors each giving their Opening Remarks on Wednesday, September 14. It is unclear whether Canada will be making any Remarks beyond their submissions as part of the trial.

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Week One: Public Health Care on Trial

Jen Kuhl, BC Health Coalition, video recap of Week One of the Cambie vs British Columbia Charter Challenge against health care.

 

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An interview with Ricochet

Erin Seatter from Richochet connected with BC Health Coalition Campaigner Adam Lynes-Ford to talk about the case. The text is available below and you can see the full article here.

Briefly, can you outline the implications of the court case for health care?Adam and Rupi at court

Fundamentally the potential implications of the lawsuit are that many people in Canada won’t be able to afford health care and many people will end up waiting longer for treatment. This lawsuit strikes at the bedrock of Canadian public health care, which is the agreement that we will all be able to access care when we need it, based on our need and not our ability to pay for it.

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Four weeks from now

EdithToday, at an important case management meeting, we got confirmation that Dr. Brian Day's legal case will finally go to trial on September 6th 2016.

That means that in just four weeks, we'll be sitting in court, listening to the opening arguments in a case that could totally destroy Canadian public health care.

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