Free-standing health care facilities: financial arrangements, quality assurance and a pilot study. Academic Article uri icon

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  • Free-standing health care facilities now deliver many diagnostic and therapeutic services formerly provided only in hospitals. The financial arrangements available to these facilities differ according to whether the services are uninsured or insured. For an uninsured service, such as cosmetic surgery, the patient pays a fee directly to the service provider. For an insured service, such as cataract surgery, the provincial government uses tax revenues to fund the facility by paying it a facility fee and remunerates the physician who provided the service with a professional fee. No comprehensive, proactive quality assurance efforts have been implemented for either these facilities or the clinical practice provided within them. A pilot study involving therapeutic facilities in Ontario has suggested that a large-scale quality improvement effort could be undertaken in these facilities and rigorously evaluated.


  • Lavis, John
  • Lomas, J
  • Anderson, GM
  • Donner, A
  • Iscoe, NA
  • Gold, G
  • Craighead, J

publication date

  • February 10, 1998

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