How do private, for-profit clinics affect wait times?


Private, for-profit clinics make wait times longer for almost everyone.

That’s because doctors can’t be in two places at once – private, for-profit clinics drain the limited supply of doctors and other health professionals from the rest of the health care system, lengthening waiting lists and reducing access.

Private for-profit clinics also use up needed resources scheduling unnecessary procedures, reducing the services available to other patients requiring medically necessary procedures.

Private, for-profit clinics often “cherry-pick” the healthiest patients, who are easiest, and cheapest, to treat. Patients who are very sick, and no longer profitable to treat, are often referred back into the public system, putting added stress on public resources. 

Private, for-profit clinics aren’t as good for you and they cost taxpayers more.

The evidence shows that private, for-profit health care produces worse patient outcomes than non-profit care, and they order more unnecessary tests and procedures.

Private, for-profit clinics conduct these unnecessary procedures at the taxpayer's expense, and tie up physician resources that could be used on medically necessary procedures.