Public--private partnerships, part 2: calculations of risk

Silversides, Ann
November 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;11/4/2008, Vol. 179 Issue 10, p991
Academic Journal
The article reports that Canada's three most populous provinces, Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia, have been shifting from traditional public sector procurement methods to public-private partnerships (P3). It states that Ontario had already invited three private sector consortia to bid to build, finance, maintain and operate services at a 289-bed hospital in Sault Ste. Marie. It reveals that the province agreed to revise the hospital plans, increasing the proportion of single occupancy rooms to 45%, and the consortia were given more time to bid. However, critics of the P3 model, mostly health coalitions and unions, have contended that P3s invariably cost the public more and leave it with less control.


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