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Protecting and Improving Medicare

BCNU strongly supports Canada's publicly-funded, publicly-administered and publicly-delivered medicare. Medicare, our public health insurance plan, is the fairest, most efficient way of organizing health care services, with access based on patients' medical need not on income. BCNU strongly opposes private, for-profit health care.

Supporting the BC Health Coalition

Take action to support positive public healthcare solutions at http://www.bchealthcoalition.ca

Supporting patients’ legal action against illegal private clinic fees

Since 2003 BCNU has been engaged in actions aimed at stopping private for-profit clinics from charging fees to patients for services that are covered by medicare. The legal action hs evolved into support for a group patients who were charged the fees.

While the BC Supreme Court has issued a stay of proceedings in the case, the patients – supported by BCNU - have been given enhanced intervenor status in a case launched by private healthcare proponent Dr. Brian Day aimed at overturning the laws of medicare. As part of the case, the Court ordered a government audit of Day’s clinic which was conducted earlier in 2011.

December 4, 2008 - Illegal health billing — Patients file new court action against Victoria

A group of patients who were illegally charged extra fees for services that are covered under public health insurance today filed a new legal action in BC Supreme Court against the provincial government.

The action is the latest step in an on-going legal effort initiated by the BC Nurses' Union in 2005.
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November 13, 2008 - Government told officials not to enforce laws against health user fees

Documents obtained by nurses under FOI reveal government policy has been to ask offending doctors and clinics to refund patients, but to take no action if they refuse
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BCNU statements supporting public healthcare

Sustainability of the healthcare system — Debra McPherson's presentation to Vancouver Board of Trade 2009

Nurses submission to BC govt’s “Conversation on Health” – September 2007

Health care is too fundamental to the well-being of our community to be treated as just another commodity to be bought and sold in the private marketplace. Click Here

BCNU's submission to the Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada

(Romanow Commission 2002)

Building on Values: The Future of Health Care in Canada 2002

Romanow Commission Final Report

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