Two court cases with strong implications for the future of the Canadian health care system have been frequently mentioned in the news. Understanding the Chaoulli and Cambie Surgeries cases involves clarifying the difference between public and private health care in Canada.
The Canadian healthcare system is often held up as an example to model or to avoid at all costs in the debates on healthcare in this country. Yet there are a startling number of misconceptions — on both sides of the partisan divide — about how the Canadian health system actually works.
A recent court challenge before the British Columbia Supreme Court threatened to change the rules of the game for the Canadian healthcare system — should the challenge have made its way to the Supreme Court of Canada and found success there.