The long-awaited trial to determine whether private health care in British Columbia should no longer be restricted has been delayed again.
The judge has agreed to adjourn the case for another six months.
“The trial was supposed to start on September the 8th. If there is a trial, it will start on March the 2nd.”
Allison Tremblay is a lawyer representing several patients who claim they were illegally charged a fee for services deemed medically necessary at private clinics operated by Dr. Brian Day.
“It’s taken a long time to get here, and now, we’re looking at yet another delay.”
Both sides now have more time to resolve issues aimed at shortening the length of the trial when it finally does start.
Lawyers for the clinic operators have yet to return phone calls.
As the case dating back to 2008 drags on, Christine Sorenson with the BC Nurses’ Union says Monday’s adjournment means alleged violations being committed by the Vancouver-based Cambie Surgeries Corporation will continue.
“The physicians and the other health care professionals who work at these facilities, they can’t be at two places at the same time. The more that they’re going to work for these profit clinics, the longer the wait times are going to be in our public facilities, so we want the opportunity to say why these are not a benefit to the people of British Columbia.”
Sorensen says, if the private operators win the case, the public could end up paying hefty premiums for services no longer covered by Medicare.