TORONTO, June 21, 2011 /CNW/ - The Ontario government is taking a bold
and necessary step by announcing it intends to crack down on private,
for-profit clinics that charge extra for preferential treatment for
certain health services.
"This is something nurses have been asking the government to act on and the
steps taken today demonstrate Minister (Deb) Matthews' commitment to
making sure the system is fair and equitable," says David McNeil,
president of the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO).
McNeil says the government is acting on an issue the nurses'
association, the Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) and Doctors for
Medicare raised publicly in the fall of 2008 when an OHC report
revealed dozens of violations of the Canada Health Act including 11 in Ontario, ranging from the sale of medically necessary
services to queue jumping.
RNAO says today's move is especially timely because it comes on the
heels of a poll released last month by Nanos Research, which shows
health care is the number one issue on the minds of Ontario voters.
"We know people value and rely on our publicly funded, not-for profit
health-care system and they expect political leaders to defend it and
strengthen it. The promise to clamp down on these illegal and unfair
practices means the Ontario government is living up to its promise of
safeguarding Medicare," says Doris Grinspun, executive director of
The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional
association representing registered nurses 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
SOURCE Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario
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