Index on Private, For-Profit Health Care

The increased annual cost if Canada moved to a for-profit hospital system: 7.2 Billion

Number of Canadian deaths that would occur annually if Canada switched to privately-owned, for-profit hospitals: 2200

The cost of hip replacement surgery in a non-profit hospital in Alberta: $10,000
The cost of hip replacement surgery in a for-profit private surgical clinic in Alberta: $21,780

Amount saved per cataract procedure after Winnipeg’s Pan Am for-profit clinic was brought into the public system: $300

Amount saved annually after Prince Albert’s regional lab was brought back into the public system: $400,000

Amount charged more per procedure by Cancer Care Ontario’s private cancer treatment centre at Sunnybrook than Ontario’s public cancer treatment centers: $500
Amount given in public money to cover the start-up costs of Sunnybrook: $4 Million
Improvement in wait-lists for cancer care after more than a year of operation: 0

Percentage of patients who in 1998 received cataract surgery within 12 weeks at private, for-profit clinics in Calgary: 56%
Percentage of patients who in 1998 received cataract surgery within 12 weeks at public clinics in Edmonton: 87%

Annual membership to the Copeman Clinic “Elite Program” in Vancouver: $2900 (1st year is $3900)
Cost of a partial knee replacement at Brian Day’s for-profit Cambie Surgical Centre in Vancouver: $15,500 to $20,750
Average median income of a British Columbia resident: $24,000

Number of private, for-profit MRI/CT clinics in Canada (as of 2007): 42
Number of private, for-profit MRI/CT clinics illegally charging patients for medically-necessary scans: 41
Number of private, for-profit MRI/CT clinics in the province of Québec: 21

Number of for-profit MRI/CT clinics owned and/or managed by CMA President Dr. Robert Ouellet: 5

Number of Québec MDs who have opted out of, or aren’t participating in, Medicare: 158
Number of Québecers without a family doctor: Over 2 Million (24.8% of population)

Canada-wide number of suspected violations of the Canada Health Act as of October 2008: 89

Number of private clinics contracted by the B.C. government to provide for-profit health care services as of 2007: 22

Private health spending per B.C. resident in 2000 prior to the election of the Gordon Campbell government: $871
Private health spending per B.C. resident as of 2006: $1312

The promised price of the Brampton P3 Hospital: $357 Million
The actual price of the Brampton P3 Hospital: $614 Million
The P3 extra costs taxpayers were stuck for: $257 Million

Expenditure on health care as a share of GDP in the largely public Canadian system in 2004 (all citizens insured): 9.9%
Expenditure on health care as a share of GDP in the highly privatized U.S.-system in 2004 (46 million uninsured): 15.9%

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