Canada's highest court struck down a Quebec law banning private insurance for services covered under the nation's public healthcare system, saying the law violated the province's Charter of Rights. The decision applies only to Quebec, but some saw it as a precursor to a two-tier system nationwide, in which those who could afford supplemental insurance would get better care than those who could not. The case involved a patient who said the ban on private insurance and his yearlong wait for a hip replacement violated his rights under both the Canadian and Quebec charters. The Supreme Court was split on whether the law violated Canada's charter. -- by the Associated Press
Canada's high court strikes private-insurance ban
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