Selling any piece of eHealth is ‘absolutely’ off the table, says Ed Clark – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Oct 17, 2016

TORONTO _ Ontario’s privatization guru says that as he does a “value assessment” of the province’s digital health system, consideration of selling any piece of it is “absolutely” off the table.

Health Minister Eric Hoskins asked Ed Clark earlier this month to examine the system as the mandate of eHealth Ontario expires at the end of 2017.

Giving Clark that task has worried critics, since the former TD Bank CEO headed up an advisory council that helped plan the sale of a majority stake in Hydro One.

The letter Hoskins sent to Clark uses many of the same phrases as the Liberal government has used to defend the Hydro One sale, but Clark says that similarity was probably a “mistake.”

He says the advisory council recommended keeping ownership in other assets, such as Ontario Power Generation and the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, so it’s not like he has “a little formula that says ‘Sell, sell, sell, no matter what it is.”’

Clark says the purpose of his review is to look at what data currently exists, how to improve access to that data and giving Ontarians better ways to manage their own health care.

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