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Reality check — Claiming that competition will improve healthcare quality defies all common sense

Solutions lie in training more healthcare workers.

Claiming that competition will improve healthcare quality defies all common sense.by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

April 5, 2011: Simply repeating the same irrational arguments will provide no relief for patients left waiting in Canada's overcrowded emergency rooms.

Claiming that competition will improve health care quality defies all common sense. Lengthy wait times and overcrowded hospitals are due to a chronic shortage of trained and experienced healthcare workers. How can our public system possibly be improved and made more efficient by dividing already scarce resources?

Furthermore, assumptions that the private sector is more cost efficient in delivering health care are being proven false time and time again. Earlier this year, the Vancouver Island Health Authority tossed aside a privatization plan because no private-sector bid could provide services cheaper than the existing public system.

To solve overcrowding, we need to move beyond the tired public versus private debate. Instead we must focus on finding innovations in healthcare delivery that strengthen the universal public system, and renew commitments to training and retaining healthcare workers.

Posted: April 20, 2011

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