Michael questions possibility of privatizing health administration

NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) wants to know exactly what government means when it talks about “consolidating” portions of the province’s health authorities. Michael asked today in the House of Assembly whether government is actually talking about privatizing the administration of things like payroll, information technology, finance and purchasing.

“In Budget 2015 one of government’s eight so-called guiding stars is a plan to consolidate administrative functions among the regional health authorities and to marry those with the functions of the Centre for health Information,” Michael said in Question Period today.

“I ask the Premier, what is the stand-alone shared service organization that is the goal of this plan?”

Michael says in addition to concerns related to privacy, there is often a clear and established difference in service quality when the public service is compared to non-profits or private companies.

“I ask the Premier is he planning on passing over these key functions to a private company to run our health care system?” Michael asked.

Michael says she is not convinced the proposed structure will be more efficient and cost the province less, and she would like to see the indicators and other evidence the decision was based on.

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