Private health care won’t reduce wait times — it may raise them, report says
Posted: November 4, 2023
(November 3, 2023)
By: Eric Stober, Global News
A new report released Thursday says that privatization of health care in Ontario won’t reduce wait times but may actually increase them.
That’s because for-profit centres could as well face the staffing shortages that have plagued the public sector, and any talent that is attracted to the private model will in turn reduce staff in public hospitals, according to the report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
“Increasing surgical and diagnostic capacity depends on the availability of qualified staff, which is not magically increased by the addition of profit,” report author and Simon Fraser University health policy researcher Andrew Longhurst said in a statement Thursday.
“Expanded outsourcing is likely to worsen public hospital staffing shortages that cause longer waits.”
The problems of creating more for-profit health care include higher costs, less staff in the public system, as well as upselling, self-referrals and unnecessary procedures, Longhurst said.