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Entries Tagged as 'Privatization, P3s & public services'

Time to rethink BC’s surgical waitlist strategy

April 26th, 2016 · · No Comments · Health care, Privatization, P3s & public services

By Andrew Longhurst, Marcy Cohen and Dr. Margaret McGregor Have you had to wait months for surgical consultation, let alone the surgery itself? If so, you’re not alone. British Columbians are waiting an unacceptable amount of time to receive the care they need. Since 2010, surgical wait times have increased significantly for key procedures, including […]

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In Edinburgh, the public private partnership walls are falling. Seriously. Walls are falling.

April 20th, 2016 · · 1 Comment · Education, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance, Transparency & accountability

If 17 schools were closed in Vancouver, or Edmonton or Regina, because parts of them were at risk of falling down and injuring children, do you think it might raise some questions about the way the schools were built? That is exactly what is happening in Edinburgh, Scotland. It all began in January 2016 when […]

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BC throne speech rhetoric doesn’t match reality

February 10th, 2016 · · 1 Comment · Economy, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance

Yesterday’s throne speech paints a rosy picture of BC as an “island of prosperity.” It acknowledges that “all British Columbians deserve to share in the benefits of a growing economy” but it glosses over the fact that many currently don’t. What is worse, the provincial government’s own inaction in key policy areas is what’s causing tremendous hardship […]

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Why my dad and I will vote for health

October 15th, 2015 · · 2 Comments · Democracy, Election commentary, Health care, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Privatization, P3s & public services

As a family physician, the most important way I can help (and not harm) my patients, is to vote for healthcare in this election.

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The problem with the Fraser Institute’s consumer tax index

August 27th, 2015 · · 1 Comment · Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

Every summer, the Fraser Institute releases a report pointing out the average family now spends more on taxes than food, clothing and shelter. But is it really a bad thing that as our economy grows we spend less of our income on basic survival and more on better education, better health, parks, environmental protection and […]

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Evidence is in: privately funded health care doesn’t reduce wait times

June 14th, 2015 · · 1 Comment · Health care, Privatization, P3s & public services

Current public dialogue is full of questions about what kind of innovation or “revamping” the health system needs. In this context, as a physician, I am compelled to apply principles of evidence-based practice to the public vs. private debate: Will Brian Day’s plan to expand privately funded health care in BC shorten wait lists and […]

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13 years on, BC Finance Ministry finds big problems with its public private partnership program

January 7th, 2015 · · 2 Comments · Privatization, P3s & public services

The BC Finance Ministry has produced a report much more critical of Partnerships BC and its activities around public private partnerships (P3s) than might have been expected by a province so committed to the practice. It raises issues of conflict of interest, dubious practices and questionable assumptions in the multi- billion dollar program. The story […]

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Ontario Auditor breaks new ground with review of public private partnerships methodology: BC Auditor says maybe, sometime

January 5th, 2015 · · 2 Comments · Privatization, P3s & public services

Last month Ontario’s Auditor General issued her annual report. One of her targets was Ontario’s use of public private partnerships to build public infrastructure. As the Toronto Star put it, “Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk has taken a wrecking ball to the (Ontario) Liberals’ use of private money to bankroll new hospitals and transit…” Lysyk’s report […]

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New BC Auditor General report finds public private partnerships double the cost of borrowing

October 30th, 2014 · · 2 Comments · Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance

British Columbia’s new Auditor General, Carol Bellringer, published her annual report on government’s 2013-14 summary financial statements today and it contains some pretty interesting highlights. First of all, and for the first time, the AG has published a comparison of how much it costs the government to undertake projects on its own compared to using […]

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Underneath the legal drama: The ethics of for-profit health care in BC

August 26th, 2014 · · 1 Comment · Health care, Privatization, P3s & public services

One of the most important constitutional trials in Canadian history was set to begin on September 8, 2014 before the BC Supreme Court. Dr. Day, owner of the for-profit Cambie Surgical Centre says he is fighting for the freedom of patients who are victims of “medical enslavement”, while making generous and unlawful profits well above […]

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