A landmark challenge to BC's Medicare Protection Act began in BC Supreme Court this week as Dr. Brian Day has taken his eight year battle to court in an effort to provide a legal framework for private health care to operate in BC.
Dr. Day operates the Cambie Surgery Centre in Vancouver. His lawyers are arguing that the provincial health care system tramples on the constitutional rights of British Columbians since the public system can’t meet the health-care needs of all British Columbians in a timely manner.
He’s arguing that private financing and support in provision of core health services should be permitted.
This sounds good to me but for some reason the term private health care has always been heresy for many Canadians.
Watch as I run through the pros and cons and more importantly, some facts, because as usual the left is already making an emotional plea.
Dr. Day’s court case has many public health care advocates and their friends in the media party mounting a campaign of fear against changes that would allow private care.
This landmark case will be in court until February. I’ll keep you updated but let’s hope for the sake of all Canadians that the final decision helps improve access to care.
(CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article mistakenly reported that Dr. Day was challenging the Canada Health Act.)