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.
This event allows RNAO members to meet directly with their MPPs in riding offices. Initially launched in the winter of 2013, members were thrilled with the opportunity to share RNAO's Platform brochure, Why Your Health Matters, with over 80 representatives from across the province.
In the fall of 2013, nursing leaders and nursing students again met with MPPs to continue the dialogue on important issues contained in our Platform brochure. RNAO was delighted to engage politically with the five new MPPs who had been elected in by-elections in August.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care continues to collaborate with the Public Health Agency of Canada, Public Health Ontario (PHO), Ministry of Labour and other health system partners to
monitor the evolving Ebola virus disease (EVD) situation in West Africa and take measures to ensure health system readiness to respond to a suspect, probable or confirmed case.