Join the Student Debates and Dialogue Committee for a timely discussion on improving the quality of healthcare in Canada.


Canada’s public healthcare system has recently been declared in crisis, as our current healthcare infrastructures buckle under the large demand on its resources, and simultaneous shortages of funding, adequate staff support and compensation, and more. As these problems trickle down to the provincial level, hospitals around Ontario have found themselves faced with an overwhelming number of hospital admissions, forcing these hospitals to make tough decisions including but not limited to re-allocating patients out of hospitals and into the community, having health care workers work overtime and temporarily closing emergency rooms.

Recently, the matter of healthcare has been rated as the #1 “Top Unprompted National Issue of Concern” by members of the public. As such, critics have questioned the Ontario government regarding their plans to alleviate the strain on Ontario’s public healthcare system, and whether privatized healthcare could be a potential source of relief for this crisis. This shift towards privatization has reignited the long-standing debate over the privatization of the healthcare system.

In Public vs. Private Healthcare: A Conversation with Dr. Shoo Lee, join us for the Hart House Students Debates and Dialogues Committee’s 2022 Keynote as we discuss the benefits, drawbacks and roles that private and public healthcare systems can have. We will explore questions such as: “Is a private or public healthcare system the preferred model for getting higher levels of specialized care to patients with shorter wait times?”, “Would a private healthcare system lead to inequity in healthcare access?” and more.

To attend the HHSDDC’s Keynote Event with Dr. Lee, please register to join us on  Wednesday, January 18, 2023 from 6:00-8:00PM in the Hart House Great Hall.

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  • Date: Wed, Jan 18, 2023
  • Time & Duration: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (EST) (2h)
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  • Venue:
    Hart House
    7 Hart House Cir,
    Toronto, ON M5S 3H3
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  • Room: Great Hall (1022)
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