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Defend Public Health Care in Court

Intervenor group defending medicareAccess to health care based on need, not ability to pay, is a core Canadian value.

One BC Doctor wants to change that.

In 2008 Dr. Brian Day, owner of Vancouver's for-profit Cambie Surgery Centre, decided to avoid the consequences of breaking health care law by launched a constitutional challenge against public health care. Day's challenge aims to erode public health care in Canada by striking down the provincial health legislation that limits for-profit delivery of medically necessary services, claiming that these rules violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The trial has been on-going (with a number of adjournments) since September 6th 2016 and is expected to run until at least the end of 2019.

The BC Health Coalition is part of an intervenor team and we're doing all we can to make sure public health care remains intact. As interveners, we represent the majority of Canadians and health professionals who believe in the value of our public health care.

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We're also advocating for innovative solutions that would strengthen public health care in Canada. We agree with Brian Day that health care could serve people better. We just want to make these improvements serve everyone - rather than only a privileged few.