Counsel for intervenors in Cambie Case to present opening arguments, demonstrate damaging impact of two-tier health care for Canadians

Media Advisory - Lawyers for the intervenor groups will present their opening arguments this morning (Wednesday, September 14) regarding the Cambie lawsuit at the BC Supreme Court. Counsel for the intervenors will argue the legal changes proposed by Cambie Surgical Corporation will make health care less accessible and more expensive for most people.

 

The intervenor group includes two patients, two doctors, Canadian Doctors for Medicare, and the BC Health Coalition. The patients in the intervenor group --  one living with Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy and other with AIDS -- represent those who stand to lose the most in this case. They are economically vulnerable people who rely on a high quality public health care system to provide life-sustaining care.

 

In addition, the physician members of the intervenor group are concerned that if the lawsuit successfully overturns the principle of Canadian health care - that care be based on need, not ability to pay- their patients’ health will suffer.

 

Dr. Vanessa Brcic, Edith MacHattie, and Adam Lynes-Ford will be available to news media for interviews at the Courthouse (Hornby/Nelson) from 8:30 AM forward.

 

 

Case information

We have compiled details about the case and participants are available online for quick access.

 

Bookmark:www.savemedicare.ca/the_case

Media contacts

Adam Lynes-Ford

Campaigner, BC Health Coalition

Phone:  604-787-6560

Email:   adam@bchealthcoalition.ca

 

Mary-Margaret Jones

Communications, Canadian Doctors for Medicare

Phone:   416-351-3300 | 416-909-5911

Email:   jones@canadiandoctorsformedicare.ca

 

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Lawsuit against Canadian health care goes to trial September 6

MEDIA ADVISORY

Lawsuit against Canadian health care goes to trial September 6
If successful, many Canadians would not be able to afford health care, wait lists for treatment would grow

The lawsuit against Canadian medicare begins September 6 at the BC Supreme Court.
The plaintiffs -- led by Dr. Brian Day, co-owner of the private, for-profit Cambie Corporation -- are seeking changes to Canada’s health care system that:

Would mean doctors could charge patients unlimited amounts for all procedures and services - from routine check-ups to hip surgeries.
Would create an American-style system with parallel private care and insurance (putting private insurance companies in the position to deny patients health care coverage for basic services like visits to the emergency room or cancer treatment).
If the lawsuit is successful, research shows the new system would mean many Canadians would not be able to afford health care and wait lists for treatment would grow.

BCHC and Canadian Doctors for Medicare are intervenors in the case. We will bring key evidence before the courts in defence of Canadians' access to health care based on need, not ability to pay.

It is anticipated the trial will last at least 24 weeks.


Details and contact information for news media:

Case information
Details about the case and participants are available online for quick access:

Bookmark: www.savemedicare.ca/
Media contacts

Adam Lynes-Ford
Campaigner, BC Health Coalition
Phone:  604-787-6560
Email:   adam@bchealthcoalition.ca

Mary-Margaret Jones
Communications, Canadian Doctors for Medicare
Phone:   416-351-3300 | 416-909-5911
Email:   jones@canadiandoctorsformedicare.ca

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Health advocates welcome federal intervention in Cambie Case

VANCOUVER – Dr. Brian Day’s campaign to dismantle Canadian public health care was dealt a significant blow today as counsel for the Attorney General of Canada presented their intention to intervene in Cambie Surgical Centre et al. v. Medical Services Commission et al (Cambie Case) in BC Supreme Court.

The Cambie Case is a Charter challenge being led by Dr. Brian Day, a Vancouver-based for-profit clinic owner, asking the Court to rule that four sections of BC’s Medicare Protection Act violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. According to their submission today in court, the Attorney General of Canada intends to intervene as a party in the case so they can appear and participate on constitutional questions raised by the Plaintiffs.

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Contracts for private clinics risky, expensive, ineffective

VANCOUVER – Patient advocates are concerned that the BC Ministry of Health’s plans to increase contracts with for-profit clinics is not an effective solution to surgical wait times. They are urging the province to scrap contract plans and focus instead on taking advantage of unused public Operating Room time.

Minister of Health Terry Lake announced yesterday that the BC government will be investing 10 million dollars to temporarily increase surgical capacity, with some of this money going to fund contracts with private for-profit clinics.

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"Medicare trial" interveners call on BC government to protect patients

VICTORIA - The BC Health Coalition and Canadian Doctors for Medicare welcome the possible resolution of a charter challenge to public health care law launched by for-profit clinic owner Dr. Brian Day.

"We are pleased that Day seems to be finally recognizing the need to abandon a law suit that never had any merit, and was no more than a stalling tactic that has allowed him to flout the basic rules of medicare, rules that virtually all other Canadian doctors respect and comply with," says Rick Turner, BC Health Coalition co-chair. "The case has cost far too much time and taxpayer money already."

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Patient-doctor-public alliance launches their case to save Canadian health care

VANCOUVER - Today a group of patients, doctors and health care advocates won the right to present expert evidence defending Canadian health care in the BC Supreme Court case against clinic owner Brian Day. This court battle will determine the future of Canadian public health care.

“Brian Day’s plan to bring US-style health care to Canada would be disastrous for Canadians,” explains Dr. Rupinder Brar of Canadian Doctors for Medicare. “If Dr. Day wins, physicians will be allowed to charge patients any amount they like for services, and patients who can pay will get faster care than the rest of us. A win for Dr. Day will mean skyrocketing costs and longer wait times in the public health system as it loses doctors to a parallel private system”.

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