Private Health Insurance for Medically Necessary Services

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by Guy W. Giorno
June 20, 2005

Comment on Chaoulli v. Quebec (Attorney General), 2005 SCC 35, [2005] S.C.J. No. 33

Reaction to the Supreme Court decision in the Quebec medicare case was noteworthy for a number of reasons. In a close 4-3 decision, June 9, the Court struck down two sections of Quebec legislation that prevented patients from purchasing private insurance to cover services provided without charge under the provincial health plan.