Dear Sarah Hoffman,
I do not favour the privatization of hospital lab services. Hospital lab privatization has failed in the past. Previous Alberta governments have tried selling lab work to private businesses, only to reverse course after patient safety was compromised, and costs went up.
Now, you are faced with the decision whether to continue this course of action, or move lab services in house. I urge you to move to the public model.
A letter signed by sixteen pathologists at the University of Alberta Hospital makes it clear doctors see huge risks to patients and the public under this scheme.
Privately run health care delivers poorer quality services at a higher costs. Please reverse course for the sake of patients and taxpayers.