Banners, signs and even Tommy the giant Medicare Teddy Bear will be on hand Tuesday for a rally in support of Canadian Medicare near University Hospital.
The London Health Coalition has planned the demonstration near the entrance to the hospital’s emergency department on Western Rd. to raise awareness about a charter challenge happening in BC.
The case asks the court to determine whether patients have a constitutional right to pay for medically necessary treatments in private hospitals, basically allowing them to bypass waiting lists for non-emergency procedures in the public system.
The London Health Coalition’s Peter Bergmanis said if the charter challenge is successful and a two-tiered system develops from it, Canadian Medicare could be completely disrupted.
“The waits would be longer and the hospitals would be more overcrowded, and the public system overall in general would be suffering,” Bergmanis said.
Bergmanis hopes the demonstration will rally support for public health care.
“Our system was basically founded on a moral code, and it says that all Canadians should have equal access to health care, and quite clearly we see in the US that isn’t the case at all, that money talks first, and anything else after that people are just left out on the streets, and too many millions of Americans would testify that they would never want Canada to resemble what their system has become,” he said.
The rally starts at 5p.m. and is expected to last upwards of an hour.
Everyone is welcome to attend.
(Photo courtesy of London Health Coalition Facebook page)