How for-profit private clinics hurt all of us . . .

How for-profit private clinics hurt all of us . . .

Postby Oscar » Tue Oct 28, 2014 9:24 pm

Council of Canadians supporters take to the streets in Vancouver to explain how for-profit private clinics hurt all of us

[ http://canadians.org/blog/council-canad ... s-hurt-all ]

October 27, 2014 - 5:22pm

This weekend, a group of Council of Canadians supporters set out to share flyers around Vancouver to raise awareness about the ‘Dr. Day case.’ This extremely important case at the BC Supreme Court is scheduled to begin this March [ http://www.canadians.org/blog/dr-day-co ... march-2015 ] (to see a list of what groups are demanding of the BC government please click here). [ http://www.canadians.org/blog/will-bc-g ... e-everyone ] While the outcome of the case is not certain, one thing that is clear is that it will be have huge repercussions for the future of both public health care in BC and the rest of Canada. [ http://www.canadians.org/blog/will-bc-g ... e-everyone ]

Just around the corner from Vancouver General Hospital, where patients come in and are treated according to their need, the Cambie Surgical Clinic operates for the rich where patients are treated based on the their ability to pay. Not only that, but as the flyer we dropped off at the clinic below points out, Private Clinics: Increase Wait Times, Cost More, Reduce Safety & Quality, ‘Cherry Pick’, and Reduce Access To Care For Us. What this case is really about is the greed of Dr. Day and his shareholders, who are trying to ruin our public health care system so they can make more money. Make no mistake; this is what the case is about.

The remarkable thing about the group that went out this weekend was that none of them had gone around and spoken with people in their city about health care before. In fact, many of us haven’t even spoken with our friends and family member, and that is part of issue. Between the $5 billion the Harper government is cutting from health care in BC, the Dr. Day case, and creeping US style privatization, the biggest issue to combat is that people are often simply not aware of how our public health care system is being strategically and systematically eroded and destroyed. What the people this weekend found out was that it is our stories of health care, which bind us and define us. If we are going to protect, strengthen and expand our public health care it is essential we start talking with one another.

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[ http://canadians.org/blog/council-canad ... s-hurt-all ]



Further reading

Will the B.C. government stand up to Dr. Day and protect health care for everyone?
[ http://canadians.org/blog/will-bc-gover ... e-everyone ]

Council of Canadians demands Dr. Day be held accountable for overbilling
[ http://www.canadians.org/blog/council-c ... verbilling ]

Dr. Day uses the Charter to challenge public health care
[ http://canadians.org/node/9321 ]

· Michael Butler's blog
[ http://canadians.org/blogs/michael-butler ]

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