As intervenors in the private healthcare lawsuit present their opening arguments in B.C. Supreme Court today, one Vancouver man is shining a light on what he claims is the problem with private for-profit clinics.
Mike Roselli, a PE teacher at Vancouver College, says Dr.Brian Day’s Cambie Surgery Centre performed his knee procedure, but he was sent to a public hospital for follow-up care after it became infected.
“And I asked why because Dr.Day is my surgeon and she told me at the time that they don’t do that kind of follow-up care which was a little puzzling to me.”
But under government regulations, private clinics are not allowed to hold patients longer than 24 hours.
“I don’t want out healthcare system to become a business, I want our healthcare system to stay universal for everybody, and to show some compassion.”
Roselli argues privatization could hinder the standards of public health.
“I’m scared that if our system is compromised with private healthcare, then maybe our standard of care gets lower.”
Lawyers for the private clinic are arguing a ban on private insurance and dual practice violates constitutional rights if patients can’t get timely care for “medically necessary” treatments in the public system.