The death rate for private, for-profit long-term care homes with COVID-19 outbreaks was over 4 times the rate for publicly owned homes.
Ottawa (July 29, 2020) — The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) has produced a visual explainer showing how corporations use tax havens. It shows the role banks, law firms and accountants play in enabling corporations to use tax havens.
“If passed, this legislation has the potential to affect health care across Canada, particularly whether provisions of the Canada Health Act that prohibit extra billing and user charges are undermined” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“Using social finance schemes like social impact bonds to privatize community and social services means funding that is desperately needed to help the most vulnerable people in our communities will end up in the pockets of lawyers, consultants and other intermediaries,” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“Alberta can’t afford Kenney’s plan for health care. In the end, patient care suffers as desperately-needed funds are sent out of the province.” — Mike Parker, HSAA President
Using charities or non-profit groups to privatize public services doesn’t generate the same reaction as when for-profit companies take them over, but the problems associated with privatization are still there.
The current COVID-19 pandemic has made the need to ban this practice, both in New Brunswick and nationwide, even more apparent.
Brown urges Kenney to oppose the bill that would repeal the Voluntary Blood Donations Act.
The report is particularly timely, given how the COVID-19 pandemic has shown both the benefits of quality public services, and the huge price we pay when services are privatized.
“Their decision to move forward with privatizing lab services in Alberta is asinine and will lead to worst outcomes for future outbreaks.” ― Mike Parker, HSAA President