A start-up company is looking to establish a new business model in Saskatchewan. In worsening economic times, that might seem like great news. But if their business model is one that takes advantage of people's poverty and may undermine voluntary blood donations, then the prospect is far less appealing. If Canada did need to collect more blood, opening for-profit clinics is not the way to do it.
Health Campaigner, Council of Canadians
Adrienne Silnicki is the Health Campaigner for the Council of Canadians. The Council’s health care campaign focuses on strengthening and expanding medicare in Canada through the 2014 Health Care Accord. Adrienne has a Bachelor in Public Affairs and Policy Management from Carleton University, and is currently also a graduate student at Saint Mary's University. She has worked in community health clinics in Haiti and Kenya. She has an extensive background in organizing with community housing initiatives, social planning councils and the special needs community.
On November 22 and 23, Canada's premiers are holding an economic summit in Halifax. Stephen Harper was invited, but he's not coming. Harper's quiet absence at the first ministers' meeting in Halifax speaks volumes about his commitment to universal health care. Harper is well aware that his refusal to negotiate a 2014 Health Accord and the downloading of almost $40 billion will encourage provinces to charge patients out-of-pocket and bring in more for-profit services. This is the most expensive and least efficient method of delivering health care -- if you need proof, just look to our southern neighbours.
11/22/2012 12:30 EST
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