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Private orthopedic clinic goes belly up

Public purse to rescue bankrupt beacon of privatized health-care.

Gillian Steward is a Calgary writer, journalist, and former managing editor of the Calgary Herald.by Gillian Steward

A Calgary for-profit hospital, once a beacon of hope for medical entrepreneurs across the country, declared bankruptcy last week. And who will have to pick up the pieces? None other than the public health-care system and ultimately Alberta taxpayers.

For years, critics predicted that this experiment in privatized health care would prove unreliable and expensive. But no one imagined a scenario in which publicly funded Alberta Health Services would go to court in a bid to keep the lights on over the operating tables in an investor-owned hospital. No one imagined that AHS would be paying receivership fees in order to keep the doors open.

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Posted: May 13, 2010

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