Private businesses the cure for health service’s ills, councils say

August 26th, 2013

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Regional councils are increasingly approving requests by private firms to build or operate health facilities. Proponents of these so-called public-private partnerships say they make it possible to expand the health service at a time when the public sector cannot foot the bill. Regional councils, which are responsible for managing healthcare, also argue that it is a form of economic growth and promotes innovation in the health service. Criticism of the practice mostly concentrates on plans to allow privately-run companies to provide health services. In one such deal, Falck Healthcare will set up clinics in rural areas where there is a shortage of doctors. Opponents fear that private companies will be less transparent than the public sector. – Berlingske


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