Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


Coalition of health organizations urges ban on medical tourism


TORONTO, Oct. 27, 2014 – A coalition of provincial health organizations will hold a media conference on Wednesday to speak out against medical tourism.

Representatives from the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, Canadian Doctors for Medicare, the Association of Ontario Midwives, and the Association of Ontario Health Centres say the government needs to demonstrate leadership to prevent medical tourism from delaying Ontarians' access to health care.

Medical tourism refers to a practice where hospitals create for-profit programs to attract patients from across international borders to receive health care on a pay-for-treatment basis.

The health groups say that hospitals should not be allowed to create two-tier, for-profit programs, and want the government to ban the practice.


  • Representatives of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, Canadian Doctors for Medicare, the Association of Ontario Midwives and the Association of Ontario Health Centres


  • Urging a ban on medical tourism


  • Queen’s Park media studio, Legislative Building, Room 149, Queen's Park, Toronto, Ont.


  • Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 9:45 a.m.

The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and nursing students in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has advocated 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. For more information about RNAO, visit our website at or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Canadian Doctors for Medicare is a physician-led organization committed to evidence-based advocacy and innovation that will protect and improve Canada's single-payer universal health care system. For more information about CDM, visit

The Association of Ontario Midwives is the professional organization representing midwives and the profession of midwifery in Ontario. For more information about Ontario Midwives, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Association of Ontario Health Centres (AOHC) is Ontario’s voice for community-governed primary health care. The association represents 111 community-governed primary health-care organizations. Membership includes Ontario’s Community Health Centres, Aboriginal Health Access Centres, Community Family Health Teams and Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics. For more information, visit us on and follow up at Facebook and Twitter.

For more information, or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Marion Zych,
Director of Communications, RNAO
Office: 416-408-5605
Cellular: 647-406-5605

Katie Raso
Communication and Outreach Officer, CDM

Juana Berinstein
Director of Policy and Communications, AOM
Office: 416-425-9974 extension: 2229

Adrianna Tetley
Chief Executive Officer, AOHC
Office: 416-689-9352