Private health-care is all about doctor profits, federal lawyer tells B.C. court

Camille Bains · The Canadian Press · Posted: Nov 25, 2019
 
Plaintiffs ‘want to make steady money in the public system and then make more money [in the private system]’

Profit for doctors providing surgery in private clinics is at the heart of a trial that threatens to undermine Canada’s universal health-care system and its principles of equity and fairness for everyone, a federal lawyer says.

B.J. Wray, representing the attorney general of Canada, told the B.C. Supreme Court that a legal challenge by Dr. Brian Day  aiming to strike down provisions of the province’s Medicare Protection Act is based on increasing income because doctors enrolled in the public system are prohibited from charging patients for medically necessary services in private clinics.
“The corporate plaintiffs want to make steady money in the public system and then make more money in the privately funded system,” she told Justice John Steeves.

Private health-care is all about doctor profits, federal lawyer tells B.C. court