Seniors’ care home group calls for change in how contracts are handed out

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

A change to how seniors’ homes are funded in B.C. could give more value for money to those who need them.

The BC Care Providers Associations has made that finding in a recent report that looks at cutting red tape.

CEO Daniel Fontaine says new projects should be put out to tender, not just handed out by the health authority acting as funder and operator.

“Whoever has the best bid, the most cost effective and the most creative, should get that. But that should not rest with the same person who is also in the business of enforcing the regulation and operating as well.”

Fontaine says private operators can often provide high-quality care for less than their public counterparts.

Two thirds of B.C.’s care homes are private, while health authorities run the rest.

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