Tag Archives: Alberta

Most Albertans skip dental visits because the price is too high — and they aren’t alone
By Lorian Hardcastle
Private delivery of healthcare can work in a publicly funded system but comes with risks Private delivery of healthcare can work in a publicly funded system but comes with risks
By Stephen Duckett

Transparency won’t solve all the issues of private sector contracting in healthcare, but without it, the risks for Canadians will almost certainly outweigh the benefits.

Private delivery of healthcare can work in a publicly funded system but comes with risks Private delivery of healthcare can work in a publicly funded system but comes with risks
By Stephen Duckett

The response to privatization of health delivery should not be a knee-jerk one, that this is a no-go area for Canada. Rather, public purchasers should be held to account for the nature of the contracts they sign and should not be able to hide behind confidentiality clauses.

EMERY_The Prentice healthcare levy is not a cure for the Alberta health system The Prentice healthcare levy is not a cure for the Alberta health system
By Herb Emery

The Prentice government announced that it will restore the use of healthcare taxes so that Albertans can directly contribute to the healthcare system. On the surface, levying up to $1000 per person earning over $50,000 per year to contribute approximately $0.5 billion over two years towards an $18 billion medical treatment system sounds reasonable.

How to eliminate MRI wait lists in the public health system How to eliminate MRI wait lists in the public health system
By Nick Mohtadi

Value for money appears to be finally getting the attention it merits as Alberta’s new health minister, Stephen Mandel, takes the reins of the portfolio that is close to consuming 50% of the province’s operating budget.

Private Healthcare La prestation de soins de santé privés est possible dans un système financé par l’État, mais comporte certains risques
Par Stephen Duckett

En Alberta, une décision apparemment anodine, celle de remplacer des services de laboratoire dispensés par une multinationale états-unienne par des services offerts par une société australienne, a provoqué de véhéments tollés. Peut-on privatiser les services en santé?

Private Healthcare Private delivery of healthcare can work in a publicly funded system but comes with risks
By Stephen Duckett

A decision by the Alberta Health Services last month seemed innocuous enough — to swap the tender for laboratory services from a United States-based transnational corporation to an Australian one — but it provoked a furore of discontent.

Report card on wait times in Canada omits important developments Report card on wait times in Canada omits important developments
By Don Dick and Linda Woodhouse

Canadians might have been inclined to take a sedative for an anxiety attack after reading about the Wait Time Alliance’s (WTA) 2014 report card on waits for medical care in Canada. The WTA gives Canada a failing grade on the structural changes it says are needed to have the timely access to care seen in other countries.