Ban medical tourism: RNAO speaks out for medicare
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.
RNAO has reached out to politicians, the media, and called for action from its membership. Our message is clear: the government must immediately ban medical tourism in order to protect and strengthen our public health system.
Examples of medical tourism>
University Hospital Network (UHN) - International Patient Program
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre - International Patients Program
RNAO political action
Joint letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne on medical tourism, April 11, 2014
Open letter to Minister Eric Hoskins: Ban medical tourism, August 18, 2014
Ontario’s health-care system should serve need, not greed – Doris Grinspun, Toronto Star, April 1, 2013
Toronto hospital courts wealthy ‘medical tourists’ – Kelly Grant, The Globe and Mail, April 1, 2014
Chipping Away at Medicare – Toronto Star, April 4, 2014
Medical tourism: the beginning of the end of Medicare – Doris Grinspun, Registered Nurse Journal, May/June 2014
Nursing association calls for ban on inbound medical tourism – International Medical Travel Journal – July 23, 2014
Medical tourism ‘inviting a lawsuit’ – Theresa Boyle, Toronto Star, Aug. 5, 2014
Ontario hospitals urged to stop pursuing ‘medical tourists’ – Antonella Artuso, Toronto Sun, Aug. 21, 2014
Medicare advocates decry medical tourism – Canadian Medical Association Journal, Aug. 21, 2014
Health groups urge Premier Wynne to stop medical tourism, April 16, 2014
International patients: what care can’t be bought at the hospital - Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Jan. 7, 2013