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Canadian Supreme Court suspends Quebec private health care ruling for one year

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] on Thursday granted a one-year stay of its June ruling [JURIST report] that the Quebec government can't block people from obtaining private insurance for health care procedures covered under the public system. In its June 9 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that unreasonably long waiting times for procedures under Canada's Medicare program [Wikipedia backgrounder] violated the Quebec Charter of Rights [text] by not providing access to health care in a timely manner. The government in Quebec had asked for an 18-month delay [JURIST report] to plan for a new two-tiered health care system and the court seemed to agree that a private system could compromise funding for the public system. Thursday's ruling is retroactive to when the court issued its judgement. CBC news has more.

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