MAKE LAB TESTS MATTER! – MEDIA LINKS

Recent media coverage of immediate calls for the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to make its labs strategy public so that Ontario patients can ensure they are protected is available through the following links:

 

TV Broadcast

GLOBAL NEWS — Medical labs need new deal, more competition

“The CEO of one of Ontario’s oldest, and smaller medical laboratories says the province needs to fix the lab system. Gerard Kennedy says the duopoly that allows two companies to bill for more than 90 per cent of tests is out of date and needs an overhaul. Sean O’Shea reports.” (Dec 19)

VIEW NOW: https://globalnews.ca/video/3926010/medical-labs-need-new-deal-more-competition

 

CITYNEWS — Lab industry in need of overhaul, say critics

“Gerard Kennedy, CEO of Alpha Laboratories, says the system is currently operating as a legal laboratory cartel run by LifeLabs and DynaCare. The two companies have agreements to perform 90 per cent of community testing in Ontario. ‘We’re 18 years working under a system that doesn’t put patients first,’ Kennedy said.” (Dec 22)

VIEW NOW: http://toronto.citynews.ca/2017/12/22/lab-industry-need-overhaul-say-critics/

 

Online

TVO.org — There’s a lot we don’t know about Ontario’s private medical labs

“Private companies carry out almost half of all lab tests in Ontario — one group is fighting to make them more transparent and accountable” (Dec 18)

READ NOW: https://tvo.org/article/current-affairs/the-next-ontario/theres-a-lot-we-dont-know-about-ontarios-private-medical-labs

REPRIEVE FOR BETTER PATIENT CARE

(Toronto) The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care has made a last minute extension for discussions on a new arrangement for the province’s community medical laboratories today, until the end of January. Previously it appeared certain a deal that would have been poor for the province’s community patients was to be pushed through the day before Christmas.

GROUP CALLS TO END TO GOVT FAVOURS FOR LEGAL LARGE LABORATORY CARTEL

(Toronto) A healthcare advocacy group is calling for the end of special privileges for the private oligopoly that controls 90% of community medical testing in Ontario.

At a media conference at Queen’s Park this morning, Ontario Coalition for Lab Reform (OCLR) Spokesperson, Gerard Kennedy, also CEO of Alpha Healthcare, said “the needs of community patients have been sacrificed for unaccountable big private interests for far too long.”