Title:Delivery matters: the high costs of for-profit health services in Alberta.
Variant Title:A Parkland Report : April 2012
Author(s):Gibson, Diana|split|Clements, Jill
Corporate Author: Parkland Institute
Subject:Health issues – medicare|split|Health issues – programs, services|split|Social services – privatization
Place of Publication:Edmonton
Date of Publication:2012
This report is the second in a new series by the Parkland Institute: Delivery Matters. The first report examined delivery of long-term and continuing care services and provided a solid body of evidence that quality is significantly poorer in investor-owned facilities. Similarly, this report explores the delivery of clinical services, specifically arthroplasty or total hip and knee replacements, through private, for-profit clinics. It includes a case study of Calgary’s Health Resources Centre (HRC) that specifically examines the cost, quality, access and other implications of expanding this form of provision and places it in the context of national and international research. It also examines a wait-list reduction pilot project, the Alberta Hip and Knee Replacement Project, which includes for-profit and not-for-profit providers, allowing for a comparison of the two models.(Taken from Introduction)