Parties in the case are calling it the most significant constitutional challenge in Canadian history. In 2009 Dr. Brian Day, owner of Vancouver’s for-profit Cambie Surgery Centre and leading proponent of for-profit health care, launched a constitutional challenge that could erase the foundation of Canadian Medicare as we know it – a health care system based on need, not ability to pay. The challenge is set to go to trial in September 2014, will likely end up in the Supreme Court of Canada, and may produce the defining Charter interpretation that will apply across the country.
The BC Health Coalition, Canadian Doctors for Medicare, two patients, and two physicians joined together to gain intervener status in the case. The group believes that B.C. needs improvements that make public health care better for everyone, not the expansion of for-profit health care that benefits only a very wealthy elite. Come and hear from representatives for the intervener group about this critical threat to fair and equitable health care in Canada.
- Adam Lynes-Ford is the Medicare Campaigner with the BC Health Coalition. He coordinates the BC Health Coalition/Canadian Doctors for Medicare intervener group's participation in the constitutional challenge.
- Dr. Vanessa Brcic is a family physician based in Vancouver, with substantial experience as a patient as well. She is a Researcher in the Department of Family Practice at UBC who studies how to address income and health inequities in primary care. She is an executive board member of Canadian Doctors for Medicare and a Research Associate withthe Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, BC.
- Moderated by Dr. Trevor Hancock, Professor and Senior Scholar at the University of Victoria School of Public Health and Social Policy