But MDs are regulated and governed by an ethical code. Big Business isn’t, advocates warn.

Andrew MacLeod is The Tyee’s Legislative Bureau Chief in Victoria and the author of All Together Healthy (Douglas & McIntyre, 2018). Find him on Twitter or reach him at amacleod@thetyee.ca

McCracken [medical director of the large urban clinic]: “Corporate values are very different from physician values, let’s be honest, and it can really be a detriment for patient care,” she said. “I think the public really needs to know what’s going on.” Allowing a shift to corporate care doesn’t even make financial sense for the government, 

McCracken added. “We have a good body of evidence that shows us that if we don’t get in front of health-care problems… ultimately it costs the health system more by longer hospitalizations, more frequent hospitalizations, and more significant interventions that are required.” 

A lack of access to continuing care for vulnerable groups would bring those kinds of increased costs, she said.

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