Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


RNAO executive director to tell Hispanoforum Medicare is Canada's best asset


TORONTO, Nov. 22, 2005 – Doris Grinspun, executive director of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) will share the strengths of Canada’s public health-care system at tonight’s hispanoforum’05, and defend it against the few, but powerful, critics who call for profit-based cures to its aliments. Grinspun will also encourage attendees from Latin and Central American countries to look to the Canadian model as a solution to their own nation’s challenges.

“Canadians are very proud of their health-care system, and rightfully so,” she says. “Despite calls to the contrary, our health-care system performs better than most and can be strengthened by working within a single tier, not-for-profit system. A society that allows only those who can pay to access care is an ill society.”

Grinspun says it is imperative to strengthen community services, offering people timely access to primary health care that uses nurses and nurse practitioners to their full potential. “We must engage in real and constructive reform that gives people access to the right professional at the right time and right place, whether that’s in the community, hospital or home.”

Armed with evidence and years of professional and personal experience on three continents, the Chilean-born registered nurse will bring that message to the 400 hispanoforum participants, including diplomats, professionals from Spanish-speaking countries, and national media. Presented by the Canadian Council for the Americas and the Hispano American Business Leadership Agency, the conference is a chance for members of Canada’s Hispanic community to connect and discuss their contributions to Canada’s success.

Grinspun – who, in 2003, was invested with the Order of Ontario for her unwavering commitment to preserve and strengthen medicare and the role of nurses – will speak about the historical context of Canadian health care, tackle myths around the cost of the system, address the need for appropriate and sustainable health human resources, and offer insight into current challenges facing the system, including last spring’s Supreme Court decision that struck down Quebec’s ban on private health insurance.

WHO: RNAO executive director Doris Grinspun, RN, MSN, PhD (c), O. ONT.

WHAT: Medicare: The Best Canadian Asset, presentation to hispanoforum’05, hosted by the Canadian Council for the Americas and the Hispano American Business Leadership Agency.

WHERE: York Event Theatre, 101 Eglinton Ave. East, Toronto

WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 22, 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Grinspun will speak from 7:25 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario is the professional association representing registered nurses wherever they practise 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.


For more information, please contact:
Marion Zych, Director of Communications, RNAO
Phone: 416-408-5605
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