Senator Gustavo Rivera, chairman of the New York state Senate health committee, is in Toronto, Canada on a two day fact finding mission aimed at furthering a legislative agenda that should culminate in the state of New York developing it’s own single-payer health care system.
On the committee’s agenda is attainment of a more refined understanding of how Canada’s Supervised Consumption Centres operate, their effectiveness and how it can influence policy decisions connected to New York State’s own Overdose Prevention Centers Act.
Starting a day of meetings & visits in Toronto w/ a visit to a safe consumption site. Patients struggling w/ addiction can access a safe & confidential environment to possess & consume drugs to avoid overdosing while accessing supportive services to help them overcome addiction. pic.twitter.com/uuY2LY2Snz
— Gustavo Rivera (@NYSenatorRivera) August 29, 2019
Senator Gustavo is quoted as saying: “The New York Health Act and the Overdose Prevention Centers Act are key policies being widely debated in New York as we face skyrocketing health care costs that are impeding access to quality care and an unprecedented rate of overdose deaths. The goal of this trip is to learn how similar policies and programs have been successfully implemented in Canada and leverage their experience as we consider the implementation of these policies in New York State. It is our responsibility to pursue bold measures to improve New York’s healthcare system and I believe this trip will provide us with the background and tools to achieve that goal.”
He is accompanied by senators Pete Harckham, Diane Savino and Roxanne Persaud, as well as senator Patrick Gallivan. The delegation is meeting with key players in Canada’s health care system, of which the Broadbend institute is among.
Rick Smith, executive Director of the Broadbent Institute welcomed the visiting delegation of legislators noting: “It’s our honour to host this bipartisan NY Senate delegation in Toronto. Canadians are intensely proud of our world-class healthcare system, one we are continuously seeking to improve with critical measures like universal pharmacare. We hope that our lessons learned can be of assistance to New York as it takes the next steps in improving its policies.”
— Broadbent Institute (@broadbent) August 29, 2019