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The BC Health Coalition works hard to ensure that the case for a strong public health care system continues to remain an important part of public discourse. And that our voices are heard in the media.Click on the link to connect to the original news source.

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

Counterpoint: Let's fix medicare, instead of destroying it

National Post | June 21, 2014 12:01 AM ETby: Monika Dutt, Maude Barlow and Rick Turner Writing in the National Post, Marni Soupcoff called Brian Sinclair, an aboriginal man who died needlessly in a Winnipeg ER waiting room, a "martyr to medicare" ('A martyr to medicare,' June 11). She proceeded to use his tragic case to justify two-tier health care, as if vulnerable people, such as Mr. Sinclair, would benefit from a U.S.-style system where some people get to pay privately to jump the queue. The evidence from around the world suggests that this is not the case.…Read More

Ruling good news for health care

The Daily Courier (Kelowna) Thu May 22 2014 Page: A9 Section: Letters Byline: Rick Turner Source: The Daily Courier An Alberta Court of Queen's Bench decision to uphold the province's ban on private health insurance for medically necessary services is good news for Alberta and all Canadians. The court was not persuaded that wait times in Alberta are linked to the province's ban on private insurance that duplicates what is covered under Medicare.…Read More

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