Leveling the playing field in long-term care.

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Author: Joel Wohlgemut
Date: Apr. 4, 2022
From: CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal(Vol. 194, Issue 13)
Publisher: CMA Impact Inc.
Document Type: Letter to the editor
Length: 589 words
Lexile Measure: 1660L

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In their 2020 review of Ontario's long-term care (LTC) homes during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Stall and colleagues (1) noted that homes with for-profit status had higher rates of SARS-CoV-2 infections and deaths among residents, but not an increased likelihood of outbreaks. Although the authors themselves are measured about the application of their findings, others are more willing to draw conclusions about public policy implications. In a CMAJ commentary, McGregor and Harrington (2) mused, "If requirements to fund adequate levels of staffing affect the bottom lines of for-profit facilities, then it might be time for this care to be turned over to public and nonprofit entities." Other groups go further. Doctors for Justice in LTC have specifically called for an end to for-profit management of LTC homes, (3) and the federal New Democratic Party made ending for-profit LTC part of its political platform. (4)...

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