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Would Canada benefit from allowing greater private financing of medically necessary services?

Students for Medicare Health Care Debate

University of Toronto, October 4, 2010

For those of you who missed it, the videos have been posted on the Students for Medicare website.


YES: Dr. William Orovan

Urologist, Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery, McMaster University


NO: Dr. Danielle Martin

Family Physician, Board Member and Founder of Canadian Doctors for Medicare

About the Health Care Debate:

As health care professionals, patients and residents of this country, it is our duty to discuss solutions to the problems of the Canadian health care system. As such, Students for Medicare brings you a debate that stimulates conversations and deliberates the best course forward in solutions for the issues Canada's health care system faces today. One solution that receives much attention and stimulates debate is that of furthering the role of privatization in our health care system.

We are fortunate enough to be able to bring together two experts on either side of the debate for an informative and thought-provoking event. The goal of this event is to create an environment where both sides of the health care debate can be heard and the audience can be left free to draw their own opinions.

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Disclaimer: Although we are a pro-Medicare group, our goal of this event is not to promote one side of this event. The event will be non-biased and encourage the equal endorsement of both sides of this event.

About the Debaters:

Dr. William Orovan, BSc, MBA, MD, FRCS(C), FACS Board Member

Dr. William Orovan is a graduate of the McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences obtaining his MD in 1975. He has been a member of the Faculty since 1981 and is currently the Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery. Dr. Orovan is the Superintendent of the Don Mills Surgical Unit, a twenty bed private hospital and surgical clinic operating in Toronto, Ontario. Dr. Orovan received his Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Queen's University. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (1980), a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Urology. Dr. Orovan served on the Board of the Ontario Medical Association for eight years and was President of the Association in 1999. He has also served as member of the Board of the Canadian Medical Association. He was appointed to the Provincial Task Force on Competitiveness, Productivity, and Economic Progress. He previously served as a Board Director for Smart Systems for Health Agency.

Dr. Danielle Martin, BSc, MD, CCFP

Dr. Danielle Martin is a comprehensive care family physician and Board Chair of Canadian Doctors for Medicare. She is Clinical Staff at Women's College Hospital and Lecturer in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. In addition to her clinical work she is also a student in the Master of Public Policy program at the School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto. As a recipient of the Canadian Medical Association Award for Young Leaders, Dr. Martin sits on the Health Council of Canada.  In 2006 the Ontario College of Family Physicians recognized her as one of three New Family Doctors of the Year. In May 2006. Dr. Martin helped launch Canadian Doctors for Medicare, the voice for Canadian physicians who believe in “a high quality, equitable, sustainable health system built on the best available evidence as the highest expression of Canadians caring for one another.”