Take Back Healthcare

News and analysis about the uninsured, single-payer, employee health benefits, medical insurance, medical tourism, Medicare, Medicaid, health costs, drug costs, the Canadian and other foreign plans, and more.

<< Telemedicine: Worldwide Service for Retiring Boomers   |   WEBLOG   |   Alaska Caps Medical Malpractice Recoveries >>

Canadian Supreme Court Strikes Down Quebec Medical Plan

The Canadian Supreme Court has ruled today that Quebec cannot prohibit individuals from privately paying for medical treatment that the public system also covers.

Presently, in Canada, while patients may privately pay for services not generally offered under Canada's medicare system, they are barred from paying for those services that it does offer.

This ban was challenged by a patient who had to wait a year for a hip replacement operation and by a doctor who wanted to charge for services in a private hospital.

The ruling directly applies only to Quebec's plan and not to Canada's as a whole. However, because other provinces have plans that resemble Quebec's, the ruling probably will have widespread impact.


Posted by: Duncan Kinder on Jun 09, 05 | 11:15 am | Profile

Want more information about this topic? Search the web or this site

Web www.takebackhealthcare.info


Notify me when someone replies to this post?

Powered by pMachine