On July 30, 2007, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) released a policy statement calling upon the Canadian government to allow physicians to practice simultaneously in both public and private systems. CMA asserts that contracting out publicly funded health-care services to the private sector would improve access to services and reduce wait times. Under the rhetoric of "modernizing Medicare and choice", CMA is advocating for a parallel health-care system despite evidence which demonstrates that it would decrease access to health-care services by siphoning off health-care professionals.
Please write to Prime Minister Harper urging him to oppose a two-tier health-care system in Canada. Go to http://www.rnao.org to send a sample letter or create one of your own. Be sure to sign your name at the top and bottom.