The Canadian Back Institute Ltd. Partnership, a Toronto-based rehabilitation services company, is looking for business opportunities in British Columbia's healthcare system, Public Eye has learned. The institute, which employs 2,300 clinical and support staff across Canada, was unable to comment on its activities by publication time. But the provincial government has confirmed the company is marketing itself to at least one health authority. In an email, health communications manager Sarah Plank confirmed the institute has approached the Vancouver Island Health Authority to "discuss ways to enhance patient services around rehabilitation/physiotherapy and how patients move through the system. The health authority has not entered into any contracts with this company, nor have any contracts been tendered." Moreover, "any services provided by a third-party supplier would have to go through a formal tendering process."
July 18, 2007