Medical Tuesday Blog
Private care is still illegal in Canada—Unless you go to a foreign country
Nadeem Esmail reshared a post: Section 7 challenges struck down laws on prostitution and euthanasia but a B.C. judge would not strike down the ban on private health care. In the 11 years since Dr. Day’s legal challenge was introduced, 75,000 Canadians died on wait lists in the rationed care of the public system. Read more . . . Nadeem Esmail of The Fraser Institute and Dr Brian Day. https://lnkd.in/gRmxYtN #cdnpoli #publichealth #healthcarereform A Vancouver surgeon who spent 11 years battling the ban on private health care in British Columbia is not giving up. The B.C. Supreme Court rejected Dr. Brian Day’s constitutional challenge, but he says he’s ready to fight the issue all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada.
This is a distinct difference from the NHS in the UK. They have always welcomed their patients to go a private practitioners at their own expense. This seems logical and friendly. To prevent people from going to a private practitioner seems very hostile, a restriction on freedom, and reduced quality of healthcare. But you have to travel to another country to obtain private care.
Canadian Medicare does not give timely access to healthcare, it only gives access to a waiting list.
–Canadian Supreme Court Decision 2005 SCC 35,  1 S.C.R. 791
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