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We risk losing Canadian Medicare as we know it

Constitutional Challenge to Medicare trial with start September 8, 2014.

Dr. Brian Day, owner of Vancouver’s for-profit Cambie Surgery Centre and the leading proponent of privatized health care, has launched a constitutional challenge to break Medicare via the courts and establish a US-style system in Canada.

Parties in the case are calling this the most significant constitutional challenge in Canadian history.

The BC Health Coalition and Canadian Doctors for Medicare are interveners in this case. This means that we are participating directly in court to defend Medicare.

The clock is ticking. Legal preparations have already begun with the trial set for September 8, 2014.

Though this case has been launched in B.C., it will almost certainly advance to the Supreme Court of Canada.

The Supreme Court’s decision would apply across the country – and could be one that destroys Medicare in Canada.

This challenge aims to break Medicare in Canada by striking down provincial health legislation that limits the for-profit delivery of medically necessary services, claiming that these rules violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Together we need to make sure that this legal attack is defeated. 

The future of our public health care lies in the balance.

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