Students for Medicare look behind headlines this weekend

Students for Medicare recently presented in Ottawa at the Canadian Health Professionals Secretariat (NUPGE). L to R: Mike Luff (NUPGE), Jillian Alston (SFM), Ritika Goel (SFM) and Elizabeth Ballerman (CHPS Chair, HSAA).

Students for Medicare (SFM) are Canada’s future health professionals. Not only are they preparing themselves for careers in health care, but are taking a proactive stand about the kind of system they want to work in.

This Saturday SFM is holding a half day mini-conference featuring some very familiar names in health care: Dr. Michael Rachlis (Health Policy Analyst, Author), David McNally (Political Science Professor, York University), Dr. Gordon Guyatt (Researcher, Medical Reform Group), Sara Clemens (Health Policy Analyst, Registered Nurses Association of Ontario) and Dr. Ahmed Bayoumi (Researcher, Medical Reform Group).

Topics will look at issues of sustainability, user fees, private clinics retirement homes and a keynote examining where Canada fits within changes affecting global health care delivery.

When: Saturday, May 28 / 12 Noon – 4:30 pm
Where: Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, 209 Victoria St., Toronto
(Across from St. Michael’s Hospital)
Admission: Suggested donation of $5 at the door

Students for Medicare is an organization that advocates for strengthening Canada’s publicly-funded, not-for-profit health care system. SFM has a strong commitment to equity and addressing the social determinants of health. They believe health care is a right and should not be treated as a market good.

OPSEU’s Hospital Professionals Division is among the sponsors for the event.

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