Yesterday, Michael Moore was quoted in an Alliance Atlantis media release as saying "Nurses across Canada are on the front line in the battle against those forces who want to inch the Canadian health-care system toward the American way. They know that once a Canadian sees SiCKO, the last thing they will want is an American-style approach." Moore was applauding the United Nurses of Alberta who distributed 150 free tickets to his film to members of the public. Moore has offered to reimburse the union.
On behalf of all the nurses in Ontario, RNAO would like to thank Michael Moore and Alliance Atlantis for recognizing the key role nurses play in our health-care system.
"Michael, nurses stand by you. We share your passion for a universal and not-for-profit health-care system and we thank you for your honest and courageous documentary. I've watched it twice and it is absolutely terrific!" says Doris Grinspun, RNAO's Executive Director, who lived in the US for six years before immigrating to Canada.
SiCKO provides an insightful analysis of the for-profit health-care system in the US and contrasts it with universal health-care systems in other countries, including Canada.
"Nurses who see the film will learn more about the American health-care system and will feel proud that they live in Canada - a country where health care is a human right and not a commodity," says RNAO President Mary Ferguson-Pare.
Nurses' knowledge, expertise and compassion are central to the Medicare system established by Tommy Douglas. "We encourage nurses to use what they learn in Moore's film to engage their families, friends and neighbours in discussions about Medicare. These discussions are particularly important given the Ontario election this fall and the potential for a federal election," adds Ferguson-Pare.
All Registered Nurses (RNs), Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) across the country are eligible for one free admission to SiCKO from Monday, July 16 to Thursday, July 19 at any Cineplex Entertainment, Empire or Landmark Theatre. In order to receive a free ticket, nurses must show photo identification and one of the following: their license, practice permit, registration card or union ID.
The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association for registered nurses in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has lobbied for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses' contribution to shaping the health-care system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve.