#Healthcare4All – Letter to the Editor

This week, the BC Health Coalition launched a Letter to the Editor campaign. Vik, a member of our #Healthcare4All team, created the graphic and wrote the letter below – we’d encourage you to draw on it for inspiration to write your letter! If you need more tips, check out the page that the BC Health Coalition put together.

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I am writing to you to express my serious concern about the upcoming court case that could turn our Canadian Healthcare system upside down. Dr. Brian Day of BC’s Cambie Surgery Centre has challenged Canada’s needs-based medical approach and has said that people should be able to pay out-of-pocket for medically necessary services in order to speed up the process.

Although this does not seem like a bad idea, its repercussions will be significant. Other countries around the world that have moved to a two-tier system similar to the one in the United States, the same one being advocated by Dr. Day, including Australia and Germany, have found that this change isn’t necessarily the answer.

Medical wait times in these aforementioned countries have increased as the number of doctors stays the same, but their focus shifts to profit instead. Furthermore, a two-tier system contributes to financial issues as well. People have enough stress in their lives and fortunately for us here in Canada, medical bills don’t really contribute to that stress. Countries with two-tier systems are not as fortunate. Did you know that in the United States, 3 out of every 5 bankruptcies are due to medical bills and 69% of those Americans declaring bankruptcy were medically insured!

Dr. Day makes the two-tiered system seem like the ideal one for Canadians, however he only chose to pursue it after his Practice was audited and found to have unlawfully billed almost $500,000 in 30 days…

My family and I have enough things in our lives to worry about. Everyday we’re thankful to be in Canada, where our health is considered a public right. Please don’t let Dr. Day and his supporters change that!

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