Organizations facing budgetary pressures are increasingly looking to cooperative programs and shared services organizations to reduce administrative costs and increase efficiencies. Public sector entities generally (and health sector entities in particular) are seeking new ways to share resources, increase efficiencies and reduce overhead costs – whether by enhancing purchasing power and volume discounts through joint procurement, achieving higher volume throughput through centralization and standardization, or reducing overhead costs through economies of scale.

Fasken Martineau has over 15 years of experience creating shared service arrangements. We have created separate corporations, partnerships and joint ventures to provide services to health care and other public sector entities in areas such as supply chain, warehousing and procurement, diagnostic imaging repositories, accounting functions, and information technology (IT) services. In addition to extensive experience in structuring these arrangements, we understand the significant cultural and process transformations that are required to move to a shared services model and the ways that legal advisors can support this change.

Our Clients

We act for publicly funded organizations, professional colleges, charities, private corporations and individuals that provide, fund, regulate or service the provision of health care delivery. Our clients include hospitals and health authorities, long-term care homes, health care professionals and their regulatory colleges, home care companies, family health teams, family health organizations, independent health facilities and private clinics, among others.

Our Expertise

We can advise you with respect to:

  • Member agreements
  • Service agreements
  • Transfer payment agreements
  • Partnership agreements
  • Joint venture agreements
  • Collaboration agreements
  • Memoranda of understanding
  • Key performance indicators
  • Service level agreements
  • Confidentiality and data security
  • Procurement
  • Governance