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What Does Canada Profit from the For-Profit Debate on Health Care?

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  • Gillian Currie
  • Cam Donaldson
  • Mingshan Lu

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This paper explores the relevance of the literature on for-profit versus not-for-profit hospital care to the Alberta government's Health Care Protection Act and to contracting-out of health services more generally. Thirty-four studies were identified and most found no difference between for-profit and not-for-profit full- service hospitals with respect to relative costs, quality of care or efficiency - a conclusion that is contrary to more selective reviews of this literature. Further assessment of the content and context of this literature leads us to argue that this "evidence" is irrelevant to Canadian health care and, therefore, the debate on contracting-out.

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  • Gillian Currie & Cam Donaldson & Mingshan Lu, 2003. "What Does Canada Profit from the For-Profit Debate on Health Care?," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 29(2), pages 227-251, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpp:issued:v:29:y:2003:i:2:p:227-251
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