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New study shows patients paying thousands in extra user-charges to private clinics

B.C. and Quebec top the list for illegal billing Vancouver – 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.  A new 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. …Read More

Update: Public health care on trial

June 14, 2017 - 07:00 pm

Update on the trial that will decide if Canada will soon have a US-style health care system. Guest speaker Rick Turner, Co-Chair of the BC Health Coalition, will provide an update the critical Medicare versus private health care court case currently at the BC Supreme Court. Sponsored by the Society for the Protection and Care of Seniors and USWA Local #480 and Local #9705 …Read More

Update: Public health care on trial

June 13, 2017 - 07:00 pm

Community First Health Coop
 in Nelson is bringing in guest speaker Rick Turner, Co-Chair of the BC Health Coalition, to update the critical Medicare versus private health care court case currently at the BC Supreme Court. Rick Turner’s talk will be followed by refreshments and the Annual General Meeting of Community First Health Co-op. Sponsored by 
Community First Health Co-op 
Nelson Area Society for Health (NASH) Nelson Chapter of the Council of Canadians. …Read More

Health Care Advocates Welcome Federal Intervention in Cambie Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Health Care Advocates Welcome Federal Intervention in Cambie Case VANCOUVER (April 13) – 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.…Read More

Private clinics court challenge threatens health care for all Canadians: report

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (.pdf version) OTTAWA—As early as November 2015, the British Columbia Supreme Court will begin hearing a challenge to the provincial Medicare Protection Act (MPA) that, if successful, will impact all Canadians in every province and territory, says a report released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).…Read More

Charlottetown activist fears uprooting of health care

Jim Day | The Guardian  Mary Boyd is keeping a keen eye on a constitutional challenge of British Columbia’s ban on private health care. She fears if the challenge, launched by former Canadian Medical Association president Dr. Brian Day, is successful, the ramifications will be felt across Canada, including P.E.I.…Read More

Health coalition wants BC to deal with overcharging by private clinics

Shannen Brennan | News 1130  Private clinic’s overcharging patients for medical services need to be held accountable according to the BC Health Coalition. The group says the province must act immediately to prevent unlawful billing practices. Co-chair of the coalition Edith MacHattie says the government needs to impose tough penalties on clinics that are abusing the health care system.…Read More

BC Government faces stark choice on health care

VANCOUVER (.pdf) - The BC Government is about to make a decision that will send a clear message to patients about whether or not they are protected by public health care law. The province is currently negotiating a settlement with Cambie Surgery Corporation owner Dr. Brian Day. The outcome of that negotiation will determine the future of Medicare in BC.…Read More

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