Through the years, time and again, Canadians have expressed strong support for our country’s single-payer, public health care system. Medicare is a cherished feature of Canadian life and is considered a mark of a caring, compassionate society in which all citizens have equal access to health care — access based on medical need, not the ability to pay.
Today Medicare is on trial. Dr. Brian Day, President and CEO of Cambie Surgeries Corporation, along with several individual patients, has filed a Charter challenge to BC’s ban on private health care. Arguing before the province’s Supreme Court, Dr. Day asserts that specific provisions of the BC Medicare Protection Act, which restrict charging patients privately, infringe upon the rights of patients to life, liberty, and security of the person under Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.