A landmark lawsuit over the right of a Vancouver-based private surgery centre to operate has been put off until September.
The Cambie Surgery Centre is challenging Canada’s Medicare healthcare system in the B.C. Supreme Court, arguing a ban on private health insurance violates its clients constitutional right to timely access to medical services.
The B.C. government, named as defendant, says the suit could push the country towards two-tiered healthcare system that would undermine the principle of equal medical access for all Canadians.
Arguments in the case kicked off back in September of 2016.
But the BC Health Coalition, a pro-public system group acting as an intervenor in the case, says “multiple procedural issues” has now prompted the judge to adjourn the case until September 5.
More to come…