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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: 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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False positive: private profit in Canada's health care: LHINs Undercut Integration

Even though I have not met the CEO of the Sault Hospital in northern Ontario I expect he is an honorable person with a difficult task: to justify the unjustifiable. It is on his orders that the Thessalon Hospital and Mathew’s Memorial Hospital, small rural hospitals, closed their doors to the local community for blood . . . → Read More: False positive: private profit in Canada’s health care: LHINs Undercut Integration

False positive: private profit in Canada's health care: No Legal Requirement to Cut Lab Services

Residents around Thessalon and on St. Joseph Island, both east of Sault St. Marie in northern Ontario, have been recently told that their community hospitals will no longer be taking blood samples ordered by their family doctors. This follows a trend across Ontario to force all non-hospital patients to use for-profit laboratories, even if, as . . . → Read More: False positive: private profit in Canada’s health care: No Legal Requirement to Cut Lab Services

False positive: private profit in Canada's health care: Another Local Lab Service Lost

A column in the January 8 Sault Star documents a rural community losing its blood taking services. The Thessalon Hospital, serving Thessalon and area, a satellite hospital of Sault St. Marie Hospital, recently stopped taking blood samples from community patients. Residents in these areas must now drive an extra 85 kilometres to have their blood . . . → Read More: False positive: private profit in Canada’s health care: Another Local Lab Service Lost