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Private clinics court challenge threatens health care for all Canadians: report

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (.pdf version) OTTAWA—As early as November 2015, the British Columbia Supreme Court will begin hearing a challenge to the provincial Medicare Protection Act (MPA) that, if successful, will impact all Canadians in every province and territory, says a report released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).…Read More

BC Budget leaves province unprepared for looming federal health care cuts

VICTORIA (.pdf version) - The BC Health Coalition says that the 2015 budget fails to plan for the looming federal health care cuts and lacks the leadership needed to care for the province's aging population. "B.C. is facing a 5 billion dollar cut to health care under the federal government's new funding formula and this budget leaves us unprepared," says BC Health Coalition co-chair Rick Turner of today's budget.…Read More

Ombudsperson, Seniors Advocate to speak at sold out seniors care conference Friday; overwhelming response indicates strong appetite for change

VANCOUVER -  Media are welcome to attend tomorrow's sold out conference: System Change for Seniors Care. BC's Ombudsperson Kim Carter and Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie will both speak about their roles in improving seniors' care. Afternoon sessions will address residential care, home support, poverty and other key issues. The conference is co-hosted by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the BC Health Coalition.…Read More

BC Government faces stark choice on health care

VANCOUVER (.pdf) - The BC Government is about to make a decision that will send a clear message to patients about whether or not they are protected by public health care law. The province is currently negotiating a settlement with Cambie Surgery Corporation owner Dr. Brian Day. The outcome of that negotiation will determine the future of Medicare in BC.…Read More

Patient-doctor-public alliance launches their case to save Canadian health care

Patients, doctors, health groups join in court battle with for-profit clinic seeking US-style system Vancouver, BC - Today a group of patients, doctors and health care advocates won the right to present expert evidence defending Canadian health care in the BC Supreme Court case against clinic owner Brian Day. This court battle will determine the future of Canadian public health care.…Read More

Advocates Applaud Alberta Court Ruling

BC public health care advocates applaud Alberta court ruling upholding ban on private payment for health care BC to face similar, but broader, constitutional challenge this year Public health care advocates in B.C. are celebrating an Alberta Court of Queen's Bench decision to uphold the province's ban on private health insurance for medically necessary services. 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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