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Healthcare defender, Rick Turner, to speak in Nelson June 17

By Contributor
June 9th, 2014

Right now, there’s a dangerous legal attack before the courts that could turn Canada’s Medicare system into a US style system without the public having a say but the BC Health Coalition is in the forefront of defending our rights. 

Rick Turner is the co-chair of the BC Health Coalition and he will be speaking in Nelson on June 17 about the court challenge and the possible impact on our access to public healthcare. 

Turner is the key note speaker at the Community First Health Co-Op’s Annual General Meeting which takes place on (Tuesday) June 17, 7 p.m. at the Co-Op’s Wellness Centre, 518 Lake St. in Nelson. 

Turner and his partner Patty live in Kamloops where they are very active in the community.  In addition to co-chairing the provincial coalition, Turner chairs the Kamloops Health Coalition and has spent many years raising awareness of the value of our national universal public health care system and working for improvements that will build a stronger and more effective national program.

“The BC Health Coalition is an official intervener in the constitutional challenge being waged by Vancouver’s Dr. Brian Day, an owner of a “for profit” clinic that has been known for unlawfully billing for necessary care.  Dr. Day is on a calculated campaign to replace Canada’s Medicare with a US style system and he is using the BC Supreme Court to attempt to do it” said Pegasis McGauley, first Vice President of the Community First Health Co-Op.

“Most bankruptcies in the US are due to medical bills and we don’t want to see a Canada where we risk losing our homes or go deep in debt when we get sick or injured,” she said.

The case will go to trial before the BC Supreme Court in September 2014 and the public is invited to hear Rick Turner’s presentation regarding one of the most significant constitutional challenges in Canadian history. 

Turner is very involved in the BC Health Coalition’s intervention so this will be a rare opportunity to hear from someone working on the front line defense of our public system.  Rick will also be speaking in Trail at the Trail United Church 7 p.m. on (Wednesday) June 18.

For more information on the court case, sign up at to keep up to date and come to the meeting on June 17 to hear Rick Turner address this crucial issue.

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