Thirteen things you need to know about the people trying to end Canadian health care as we know it.

PressProgress September 7, 2016

Meet the right-wing interests who have launched a constitutional challenge against Canada’s health care system.

1. AUTHORITIES FOUND “SIGNIFICANT EVIDENCE” DAY WAS ILLEGALLY BILLING PATIENTS

Although Day claims his court challenge is all about his constitutional rights, it’s hard to overlook the influence of an audit that found “significant evidence” Day had been “extra billing” patients on a “frequent and recurring basis.”

Day originally filed his lawsuit in 2009. But the BC Medical Services Commission first raised concerns about “extra billing” practices at Day’s company as far back as May 2007. His company was formally notified it would be audited in September 2008. Lo and behold, Day filed a lawsuit several months later.

The audit, completed in 2012, found evidence Day’s clinics extra billed patients for “publicly-insured medical services” to the tune of half-a-million dollars during just one 30-day time span.
Canadian Doctors for Medicare explains “extra billing” is “against federal and provincial law” and can include “extra fees for medical consultations, examinations, diagnostic testing and other manners of ‘upgraded services’.”

Day recently told the National Post that he thinks “a wealthy person” deserves a higher standard of care than everybody else:
“We in Canada will give the same level of services to a wealthy person as to person who isn’t wealthy, and that doesn’t make sense.”

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