Media Advisory - Public health care advocates come together to take on the
issue of "sustainability"

VANCOUVER, May 13 /CNW/ - What do cuts to Health Authority budgets, medical tourism, "patient focused funding" and the Charter challenge launched in BC Courts by private, for-profit clinic owners have in common? All are being advanced with the claim that more for-profit health care is needed to ensure that our public health care system remains "sustainable". Is this really true?

Public health care advocates will come together tomorrow at a public forum to explore the motivation behind, and implications of, expanded for-profit health care in BC and Canada.

"Public Health Care: How can we sustain it?" will address the real threat to the sustainability of Medicare posed by market-style funding reforms such as PFF, and the need for innovation in the public health care system. It will also raise the alarm on the aggressive constitutional challenge being waged by private health care investors to open up public health care to American-style insurance companies.

    Representatives from the B.C. Health Coalition and allied organizations
    will be available for interviews:

    When:        Friday, May 14 - 6:00pm

    Where:       Firefighters' Banquet & Conference Centre
                 Burnaby (in the Metrotown Complex)
                 6515 Bonsor St.
                 Burnaby, BC

    Speakers:    Rachel Tutte (BC Health Coalition)
                 Steven Shrybman (Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP)
                 Iglika Ivanova (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)
                 Paul Hochfeld (Physicians for a National Health Program)
                 Glyn Townson (BC Persons with AIDS Society)


For further information: For further information: Lew MacDonald (BC Health Coalition), (604) 787-6541 (cell), phone: (604) 681-7945, fax: (604) 681-7947, email:,

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