First, a big thanks to those of you who have emailed or called us this week with concerns about the levels of preparedness in your workplaces should a patient be diagnosed with the Ebola virus, and the related safety concerns for you and your health-care colleagues.
RNAO heard you and acted swiftly by contacting Deputy Minister Bob Bell and Minister Eric Hoskins and they listened. We drew attention to nurses’ concerns on Wednesday, urged action, and got an immediate response.
As Canadians, we value our publicly funded, not-for-profit health system, where everyone is given equal access to care. To protect this system, RNAO stands at the forefront of a movement to ban a profit-driven practice that threatens the foundation of medicare.
A number of Toronto-area hospitals have been engaging in medical tourism – raising millions of dollars by actively seeking and treating international patients on a pay-for-care basis. RNAO worries this represents a shift to for-profit health care, creating a system where those who pay access care ahead of others.
Amid the largest recorded Ebola outbreak in history, RNAO is committed to ensuring our members are up-to-date with the latest resources to protect their health and the health of the public.
The Ebola Virus Disease has spread in unprecedented numbers through west Africa, leading to more than 4,500 deaths concentrated primarily in the countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. In total more than 9,000 people have contracted the disease.