Right to Choose Private and Alternative Healthcare

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In British Columbia, Canada, there are many regulations and limitations when it comes to private and alternative healthcare.  Currently, in BC, it is illegal to seek surgery that is covered by MSP.   In 2016, BC had the fourth consecutive increase in wait times for medically necessary surgeries at a new record of 25.2 weeks. Those who have the means to pay for medical services should be allowed to seek health services from private surgery centres.   In 2015, over 45,000 Canadians travelled abroad to seek medical treatment.  Record long wait times lead to increased suffering and diminished quality of life for patients, resulting in declined productivity at work, and in worst cases, disability or even death. Those who are unable to wait or choose not to wait, will go elsewhere to seek treatment, so does it not make sense to have it available in our own country?

Another issue is alternative therapy for children under 18 years of age.  If your child has a medical issue and conventional medical care fails, parents should have the right to seek complementary/alternative help for their child.  Everyone wants what’s best for their children and it should be perfectly legal to seek other forms of help.  There are currently many limitations when it comes to children.  With the consent of the parent(s) and when either parent is present during alternative medical treatments with the child, shouldn’t it be legal for an alternative practitioner to touch the patient in areas that requires medical attention?

We should have the right to choose!



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