Wednesday, 26 January 2011

More Evidence That Public Health Care for Seniors Is Better Than Private: Another Call to Action

A new study from the Institute for Research in Public Policies clearly shows that health care in public, non-profit long term residences for seniors is usually better and certainly not worse than care in private facilities.

Undertaken by Margaret J. McGregor and Lisa A. Ronald, "Residential Long-Term Care for Canadian Seniors: Nonprofit, For-Profit or Does It Matter?" should be a call to action for those who care about quality care and the public system. The study says that much research in the US and Canada finds a link between for-profit ownership and inferior quality in residential long-term care for seniors. Nevertheless, the for-profit sector in Canada is expanding at the expense of the nonprofit sector.

Okay, now what are we going to do about this? It's time that everyone concerned--from indivduals to political parties--demand that our health care system return to its core values which include public administration as well as universal access.

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