Why False Postive?

False Positive: Private Profit in Canada’s Medical Laboratories uses the history of laboratory services in Canada to demonstrate that ownership of health services matters. The history of medical laboratories is a cautionary tale: it is a warning to those who would allow private surgical clinics, for-profit MRIs and CT scans, corporate family medical practices and a variety of other private enterprises to provide services to patients at public expense. The development of the medical laboratory industry in Canada demonstrates that government-financed for-profit delivery erodes medicare. Both the actions of the medical profession and government policy are examined as explanations of how Canada ended up with large for-profit laboratory services providers that work against the delivery of a cost-effective, high quality and universally accessible public health care service. This book challenges the claim that increasing private sector involvement in health care is the solution to the system’s problems. It argues that the use of public, non-profit services is the best way to increase access, control costs, integrate services, improve quality and enhance the democratic control of health care. Finally, it recommends that fee-for-service payments for laboratory services be ended and a transition to a fully integrated public, non-profit medical laboratory system begun.

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One Comment on “Why False Postive?”

  1. Doug Allan Says:

    Great Ross — look forward to reading this. I was going to ask how to subscribe, but now I see a link


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