Earlier, we reported at least three members of the British Columbia Medical Services Commission have backgrounds suggesting they might be in favour of more private healthcare in Canada. In fact, one of the commissioners tried to open his own private clinic. And another works at a clinic that "advises" patients when they need to "step into the private system." In an interview with Public Eye, British Columbia Health Coalition community co-chair Joyce Jones took umbrage with those appointments. Explained Ms. Jones, "anyone involved with the private healthcare sector should not be review with Copeman clinic" - a task which Health Minister George Abbott handed the commission back in March. Meanwhile, New Democrat health critic Adrian Dix says "these appointees - regardless of their public position - will be judged on their willingness to enforce the law of the province and the law of the land and not to allow their private interests and privately-held views to get in the way of that. And it's our expectation they'd do that."
August 10, 2006