Media Advisory - Groundbreaking Report to be Released on For-Profit Health Clinics in Canada

    TORONTO, Oct. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Over the past decade, for-profit health
clinics have opened to controversy and opposition across Canada. For more than
a year, researchers have worked to find all the private for-profit clinics
across the country. The findings are being released in a new report on Monday,
Oct. 6. Information includes: How many for-profit clinics are operating in
Canada? How many clinics are violating the Canada Health Act? How are the
for-profit clinics affecting costs and access in the public system? Where are
they recruiting their staff from? What do they mean for the future of our
public health system? What are our governments doing about it?
    Press conferences will be held in Canadian cities to release the findings
in the report and spokespeople are available in several provinces as follows:

    Toronto, Ontario:
      WHAT :   Report author Natalie Mehra will release the report at a media
               conference at Queen's Park. She will be joined by
               Carol Kushner, health policy analyst and author;
               Dr. Danielle Martin, chair of Canadian Doctors for Medicare;
               and Doris Grinspun, executive director of the Registered
               Nurses' Association of Ontario.
      WHEN :   Monday, October 6 at 10 am (Toronto time).
      WHERE :  Media Studio, Queen's Park Legislative Building, Toronto
      CONTACT: Ontario Health Coalition 416-441-2502

    Vancouver, British Columbia:
      MEDIA SPOKESPEOPLE: Colleen Fuller 604-255-6601 and Iglika Ivanova,
      Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives 604-801-5121 x 232

    Edmonton, Alberta:
      MEDIA AVAILABILITY: David Eggan, Executive Director of the Friends of
      WHEN:    10 am (Edmonton time).
      WHERE:   Friends of Medicare Provincial Office, 35, 9912 106 Street
      TEL:     780-423-4581 or cell) 780-887-0446

    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan:
      MEDIA SPOKESPEOPLE: Saskatchewan Health Coalition spokespeople will be
      available for comment: Kathy Storrie 306-242-6540; Beth Smillie 306-

    New Brunswick:
      MEDIA SPOKESPEOPLE: New Brunswick Health Coalition spokespeople will be
      available for comment: co chair Debbie Lacelle 506-444-7022; co chair
      Roger Doiron (francais) 506-523-9867;Jean-Claude Basque 506-862-9182

    Halifax, Nova Scotia:
      WHAT :   Nova Scotia Citizens' Health Care Network will release the
               report and launch a ribbon campaign with Kyle Buott, Co-
               ordinator of Nova Scotia Citizens' Health Care Network;
               Rick Clarke, President of Nova Scotia Federation of Labour;
               Angela Giles, Regional Organizer for the Council of Canadians.
      WHEN :   Monday, October 6, 10 am (Halifax time).
      WHERE :  Outside of the Canadian Diagnostic Centres (corner of
               Lacewood Dr. & Dunbrack St.)
      CONTACT: Kyle Buott, NS Citizens' Health Care Network 902-406-9422 or

    Stratford, Prince Edward Island:
      WHAT:    Press conference with the Prince Edward Island Health
               Coalition to release the report
      WHEN:    Monday, October 6, 10 am (PEI time)
      WHERE:   Stratford Town Hall
      CONTACT: 902-892-9074

    St. John's, Newfoundland:
      WHAT:    Press conference with the Health Coalition of Newfoundland and
      WHEN:    Monday, October 6, 10 am (NFLD time)
      WHERE:   TBA
      CONTACT: Kathleen Connors, Health Coalition of NFLD & Labrador, chair
               Canadian Health Coalition 709-335-2493

For further information:

For further information: Natalie Mehra, Director of the Ontario Health
Coalition, (416) 441-2502, (416) 230-6402; Mike McBane, Coordinator of the
Canadian Health Coalition, (613) 277-6295

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