Your rights to health care

“The right to health for all people means that everyone should have access to the health services they need, when and where they need them, without suffering financial hardship. No one should get sick and die just because they are poor, or because they cannot access the health services they need.”  

– Dr. Ghebreyesus of the World Health Organization

In Canada, we have a tax-funded, public health care system. This means residents can get the health care services they need. That’s true in every province and territory. And you don’t have to worry about whether or not you can pay. Learn about your rights to health care in British Columbia.

What you should know

  • This information applies to British Columbia, Canada
  • Reviewed for legal accuracy in January 2021
  • Time to read: 8 minutes

Reviewed for legal accuracy by

Dionne Liu, Harper Grey LLP

Dionne Liu

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