Media Advisory – New Report Reveals Costs & Consequences of Private Health Care in Canada

TORONTO, June 9, 2017  – The Ontario & Canadian Health Coalitions are releasing a significant new report revealing the results from surveys of hundreds of Ontario patients and private health care clinics across Canada. The report looks at the impact of user fees and extra-billing of patients and the implications for Public Medicare in Canada. Major legal challenges to Public Medicare in Canada have come to a head with hundreds of thousands of patients in Quebec having taken action at federal court, private clinics bringing a charter challenge in British Columbia and the government of Saskatchewan passing legislation that contravenes the Canada Health Act. The Health Coalition report looks at the impact of health care privatization across Canada on patients when they try to access needed health care services.

When:

Monday June 12, 2017 at 11 a.m.

Where:

Chelsea Room, King Edward Hotel, 37 King St. E. Toronto

Who:

Natalie Mehra, author of the new report, Executive Director, Ontario Health Coalition

 Adrienne Silnicki, National Coordinator, Canadian Health Coalition

Dr. Danyaal Rasa, Chairperson, Canadian Doctors for Medicare

These speakers will be joined by patients who have been impacted.

 

For further information: Natalie Mehra, executive director, Ontario Health Coalition (416) 230-6402; Adrienne Silnicki, national coordinator, Canadian Health Coalition (613) 402-6793

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