What is the effect of the government's policy of not funding interpretation services for the deaf in conjunction with receipt of medical care?

British Columbia, Canada


The following excerpt is from Neufeld v. B. C. Ministry of Social Services, 1999 BCHRT 23 (CanLII):

Counsel for the Complainant relied on Eldridge v. British Columbia (Attorney General), 1997 CanLII 327 (SCC), [1997] 3 S.C.R. 624. In that case, Deaf persons needed interpretation services in order to receive medical care comparable to that received by hearing persons. The need for interpretation (and the consequent need for funds to pay for it) arose by reason of the disability. The government’s policy of not funding interpretation services for anyone in conjunction with receipt of medical care had an adverse impact on the Deaf, because they had to pay for interpretation in order to receive the same quality of care as the hearing.

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