For generations, family doctors were at the centre of health care in Canada. They knew their patients and often their children and grandchildren and were a constant in people’s lives. That relationship has unravelled, with some four million Canadians reporting they don’t have a family doctor. And businesses have moved into fill the vacuum, launching projects to replace family doctors with online service and corporate clinics. In this six-part series, Tyee reporter Andrew MacLeod digs into what this means for the health of Canadians — and of our medicare system.
In This Series
Big business sees opportunity in replacing the family doctor with corporate clinics or virtual care. Advocates see peril. First in a series.
But MDs are regulated and governed by an ethical code. Big Business isn’t, advocates warn.
Well Health is a new kind of health-care company in Canada. But some see big risks. Part of a series.
Big Business has moved into managing patients’ health files, but privacy laws haven’t kept pace, advocates say. Part of a series.
Health Minister Adrian Dix says business can play a role in delivering health services. Not everyone agrees. Part of a series.
BC College of Family Physicians’ president Jeanette Boyd on how to improve care and patient outcomes without the risks of corporate medicine.