Healthcare Quarterly

Healthcare Quarterly 1(3) March 1998 : 74-76.doi:10.12927/hcq..16586
Case Law

Supreme Court Declares Failure to Provide Sign Language Interpretation During Medical Care Unconstitutional

Rino A. Stradiotto


Recently, the Supreme Court of Canada heard a series of specific constitutional questions on legislative enactments and regulations regarding the delivery of medical care in British Columbia. The Court answered the individual questions and dealt with the broader issues of the application of the Charter of Rights to public hospitals and the provision of interpreting services to patients. The decisions in this case, handed down by the Court in October of 1997 , are applicable to the delivery of healthcare services in public hospitals in all Canadian provinces.



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