Media Advisory: Nurses and health-care advocates offer solutions to health-care's challenges

    TORONTO, Oct. 10 /CNW/ - As Canadian Medical Association president Brian
Day makes a stop in Toronto this Friday, nurses will provide their perspective
on how to strengthen, not dismantle, Canada's universally accessible
health-care system.
    The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario is concerned that Day, the
founder of a private surgical hospital in Vancouver, will use a speech he is
making at the Empire Club of Canada on Friday to espouse what he sees as the
solutions to our health-care system's challenges. During his inaugural address
at the CMA convention this summer, Day said private insurance can be used as a
solution to wait times, and spoke in favour of a market model to fund
    Prior to Day's speech, RNAO will be joined by a member of the Ontario
Coalition of Senior Citizens' Organizations and the Ontario Health Coalition.
They will argue that there are plenty of publicly funded solutions that will
ensure health care remains accessible to all.

    WHO:   Bea Levis, Ontario Coalition of Senior Citizens' Organizations
           Dr. Sanjeev Goel, family physician
           Doris Grinspun, Executive Director, Registered Nurses'
           Association of Ontario
           Natalie Mehra, Ontario Health Coalition.

    WHAT:  Solutions to strengthen Medicare presented in advance of Dr. Brian
           Day's speech at the Empire Club of Canada.

    WHEN:  Friday, Oct. 12, 12 - 12:45 p.m.

    WHERE: Fairmont Royal York Hotel, 100 Front St. West, Toronto,
           19th Floor, Salon 3

    The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) 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 further information:

For further information: Marion Zych, Director of Communications,
Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO), Phone: (647) 406-5605
(cellular) or (416) 408-5605 (office)

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