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False positive: private profit in Canada's health care: Methadone Clinic Limits Doctor’s Employment

One of Ontario’s little known private secrets is that most methadone, a staple of opiate addiction treatment, is primarily provided by for-profit clinics. Last week a doctor who works in one of these private clinics casually told me that her contract with the clinic forbade her from working for another methadone provider.

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False positive: private profit in Canada's health care: Ottawa’s Integrated Hospital Laboratory Service Takes the Next Step

The Ottawa Citizen announced the start of the Ottawa area hospitals integrated laboratory service. The Citizen somehow links this development to Don Drummond. It has nothing to do with Drummond. This particular project dates back to 1996, is fully within the public sector and continues a long tradition, back to 1967, of Ontario’s hospitals cooperating . . . → Read More: False positive: private profit in Canada’s health care: Ottawa’s Integrated Hospital Laboratory Service Takes the Next Step

False positive: private profit in Canada's health care: The Silo Strategy – Part Two

On January 31, in “The Silo Strategy: Part One,” I wrote about the exclusion of the for-profit laboratories from Ontario’s regional health authorities, the LHINs, and the negative effects of this exclusion on recent attempts in Wallaceburg, Thessalon and on St. Joseph Island to control laboratory costs and maintain local access.

The silo strategy, securing . . . → Read More: False positive: private profit in Canada’s health care: The Silo Strategy – Part Two

False positive: private profit in Canada's health care: The Silo Strategy –Part 1

How did the for-profit labs become the sole providers of laboratory services for all non-hospital patients in Ontario? These patients, often called community patients, usually need a lab test that is ordered by their family doctor or a nurse practitioner. In Ontario multinational corporations have achieved a feat unparalleled in any other province in Canada. . . . → Read More: False positive: private profit in Canada’s health care: The Silo Strategy –Part 1