Colleen Flood, the Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy at the University of Toronto, has commented that the Conservative Harper government may require the provinces to increase for-profit health care delivery in exchange for new federal funding. Here's her comment about the upcoming federal-provincial discussions on the Canada Health Transfer:
"Perhaps the one thing that is new is the emphasis on private for profit delivery which we’ve been seeing. There’s some talk that that may be a condition that the feds actually put on the transfer, the condition of experimenting with private for profit delivery within the context of a public system. I don’t think that’s ever been actually discussed much."
The current Canada Health Transfer agreement with the provinces expires in March 2014.