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OPSEU Diablogue: Ontario keeps its secrets as hospital labs may face more privatization

The Ontario government has been less than transparent when it comes to the future of its public medical laboratories. A recent Deloitte Review of Ontario’s public lab system has been the subject of much discussion in the lab world. We’ve … Continue reading →

False positive: private profit in Canada's health care: Edmonton’s Medical Laboratory Proposal: A Private Insanity

I wrote the following post as an op-ed in the Edmonton Journal, October30, 2013. I hope it plays a part in halting the privatization of Edmonton’s medical laboratories.

The Alberta government is proposing to give the private sector a 15-year contract to run medical laboratory services in Edmonton. This policy meets the popular definition of . . . → Read More: False positive: private profit in Canada’s health care: Edmonton’s Medical Laboratory Proposal: A Private Insanity

False positive: private profit in Canada's health care: Fragmentation, Private Profit and Home Phlebotomy

Every day there are stories of how the fragmentation of health care hurts patients. A few, when a patient dies, make the media. Most often fragmentation causes small inconveniences, but there are many and they affect patients in very real ways.

December 19th’s story is about a patient with a serious chronic illness. She lives . . . → Read More: False positive: private profit in Canada’s health care: Fragmentation, Private Profit and Home Phlebotomy

False positive: private profit in Canada's health care: Update on Thessalon and St. Joseph Island

The facts as we now know them:

Despite what the hospital web site says there are no lab facilities at the Mathews Memorial Hospital or the Thessalon Hospital. Neither has a laboratory license.

Blood is taken at these facilities by hospital staff and sent to the main lab at the Sault Area Hospital for processing.

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