Spread the word: Poll Suggests Cambie Surgery does not Represent Public Opinion

90% of British Columbians agree that access to healthcare in the province should be based on need rather than ability to pay.

This ability to ensure healthcare is more responsive to a person’s medical needs than to the size of their chequing account, is being attacked in the constitutional challenge that will enter its final week of arguments today.

The corporate plaintiffs claim to represent the will of the public. However, a poll conducted by Research Co. which surveyed 800 British Columbians, clearly shows that this could not be further from the truth.

Let’s make it clear that the corporate plaintiffs don’t represent the public interest. Post these social media graphics with the hashtags #CambieCase #NotToDay to let your networks know that there's broad support for public health care.

Health care should be based on need not ability to pay   Most people support public health care   For profit care would mostly help the wealthiest 

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When asked, 4 in 5 British Columbians said they believed an increase in for-profit private-pay health care services would only help the wealthiest British Columbians - those who can pay to access health services faster.

This is supported by the overwhelming evidence presented throughout the trial, including cases such as Australia where those with private insurance are treated faster in public hospitals than patients covered under the public health care system (42 day wait for public patients v. 20 days for private patients for elective surgeries). This is despite laws that say public and private patients are to be treated equally.

The majority (73%) of British Columbians support our public healthcare system, however, the poll found that only 29% of respondents were aware of the trial and its possible impact.

This case could fundamentally change the way we access health care.

Make sure your networks know what is at stake in this case by sharing these social media graphics today.

You can find the full poll results here.