In response to the story about Toronto Public Health providing vaccines to a private clinic that charges patients thousands of dollars in annual membership fees, I wrote the following letter to the editor of the Toronto Star, which published the piece today.
Editor, Toronto Star
The news that a Toronto for-profit clinic was provided with H1N1 vaccinations for clients willing and able to pay thousands of dollars while pregnant women, young children and individuals with chronic conditions waited hours in line at public clinics reminds us of how unjust two-tier health care is. This is a reality that should have occurred to Toronto Public Health before it provided the vaccines to a private company. Canadians concluded long ago that access to quality health care should not be determined by the size of your bank account. We must continue to stand on guard for this principle – even when our own government agencies lose sight of it.