The National Post reports that, "The idea of harnessing the free market to make the still-troubled (public health care) system run more efficiently is picking up steam (in Canada)."
"A report issued late last year by the (Ontario) Health Coalition said it found more than 120 for-profit diagnostic and surgical clinics across the country, and 89 possible violations of the federal legislation that governs the medicare system."
"The (little-known private) CareImaging (Cancer Diagnostics Centre) LP clinic revealed this week it is expanding its unique, Mississauga, Ont.-based PET scan service to Windsor."
"Quebec, already the unofficial heartland of private medicine, is expected to soon implement Bill 33, a law that would pave the way for more private surgical clinics, carrying out procedures funded by taxpayers."
"Mike Murphy, New Brunswick's Health Minister, has said he will consider similar use of private clinics to deliver publicly financed operations and diagnostic tests."