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Two thousand protesters were on hand to greet participants in an international meeting on private health care in Saint-Sauveur, Québec Nov. 5.

The meeting of the “World Health Executive Forum” gathers hospital administrators, government ministers and other high-powered officials, including heads of pharmaceutical companies, who paid more than $4500 each to talk about privatizing health care.

Speakers from Quebéc’s health care coalition, and all three trade union centrals denounced the secret meeting, which bills itself as the “Davos of health care.”

(Davos, Switzerland is where the infamous World Economic Forum takes place)

Fédération du travail du Québec president Henri Massé criticized the forum for looking exclusively at expanding the private sector’s role in health care.

“The solutions to problems in the public health system - most notably those of access - are right here before our eyes in the public system.”