Statement by the Canadian Nurses Association President Barb Shellian on the Cambie Surgery Centre trial in British Columbia
Ottawa, September 2, 2016 — “As the trial for the private Cambie Surgery Centre in Vancouver is set to begin, the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) strongly reaffirms its commitment for a publicly funded, not-for-profit health system for all Canadians. We believe that all Canadians should receive the same level of key health services, regardless of where they live.
“We remain concerned about how private organizations could profit from vulnerable Canadians. Ethical and structural factors, such as profit margins inherent in for-profit organizations, could lead to less comprehensive care, overtreatment and higher costs for taxpayers. Private health care could undermine preventive care and contribute to a downstream financial burden on the public health-care system, which will affect all Canadians.
“Many studies and reports have already shown that private health insurance leads to longer wait times and increased cost while eroding equity and fairness in the system. We respect that governments are facing considerable fiscal challenges, but moving to more private health care merely downloads costs onto individuals and undermines an important economic advantage of living in Canada. As we look forward to a new health accord in Canada, CNA will continue to monitor this court case carefully.”
CNA is the national professional voice representing over 139,000 registered nurses in Canada. CNA advances the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada’s publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.
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Canadian Nurses Association
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