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Who are the BCHC and Canadian Doctors for Medicare interveners?

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Canadian Doctors for Medicare and the BC Health Coalition are fighting for our public health care system, in court, and in the media.

We have intervener status in the court case. This means we are able to fight for our Medicare system in court, participating directly in the case to make sure public health care is protected. We are able to represent the majority of Canadians and health professionals who believe in the value of our Medicare system.

Why are we intervening?

In 2005, there was a Supreme Court case in Quebec, where a doctor tried to strike down the law to allow people to buy private insurance for medically-necessary care, much like they do in the United States. The Supreme Court of Quebec ruled that in extreme cases of people waiting for care, they would allow it. The case then went to the Supreme Court of Canada, and resulted in a split decision - luckily, it didn't apply to the rest of the provinces.

The reason this case went so far was because there wasn't enough pro-Medicare evidence presented in the court at the provincial level. You can't bring new evidence into the case when you're appealing at the Supreme Court, so we know that we need to get involved now, at the BC Supreme Court.

We won't come that close to losing our health care system again. And there is even more at stake in the Cambie case.