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OPSEU Diablogue: Much left on health care agenda by prorogued parliament

The decision by Premier Dalton McGuinty to step down and shut down the provincial parliament leaves many questions about the future of Ontario’s health care. With no parliament, there will be no review of the Local Health Integration Networks, a … Continue reading →

False positive: private profit in Canada's health care: Canada Health Act used in Zombie Defence of For-Profit Health Care

Andrew Duffy, in an article syndicated by Postmedia, made the logical equivalent of mixing metaphors when he used the Canada Health Act (CHA) to legitimize the use of private clinics. The result, as with mixed metaphors, is a “head-scratching” argument in favour of Centric’s takeover of the Shouldice Clinic.

Duffy uses a confidential government manual . . . → Read More: False positive: private profit in Canada’s health care: Canada Health Act used in Zombie Defence of For-Profit Health Care

False positive: private profit in Canada's health care: Public Interest Duty Should Stop Shouldice Sale

Can Ontario’s Minister of Health, Deb Mathews, stop the transfer of the Shouldice Clinic to the health care conglomerate, Centric? Absolutely, it is within her powers under the Private Hospitals Act: as a friend of mine said, “they wrote better laws 50 years ago.”

The Private Hospitals Act mandates that the Minister stop the transfer . . . → Read More: False positive: private profit in Canada’s health care: Public Interest Duty Should Stop Shouldice Sale

OPSEU Diablogue: Bad week for private companies mining for profits in health care

This hasn’t been a good week for private companies mining big profits in Canada’s health system. Quebec police are probing a hospital private-public partnership deal awarded to SNC Lavalin Group Inc according to the Globe and Mail. Police raids took place … Continue reading →

False positive: private profit in Canada's health care: Missed Opportunity: Corporate Conglomerate Buys Shouldice Center

The Ontario Government has missed an opportunity with the sale of the Shouldice Clinic to health care conglomerate, Centric Health. The government could have purchased Shouldice and integrated its services into the public health care system: after all, Shouldice was funded from the public purse.

A good comparator for the missed opportunity is the Kensington . . . → Read More: False positive: private profit in Canada’s health care: Missed Opportunity: Corporate Conglomerate Buys Shouldice Center