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Andrew Longhurst, BA (Hons), MA, is a health policy researcher, political economist, and PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at Simon Fraser University. He has broad interests in the spatial, political-economic, and social dimensions of health-care policymaking and reform. He is a research associate with the BC Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and has published numerous reports, including Reducing Surgical Wait Times: The Case for Public Innovation and Provincial Leadership (co-authored with Marcy Cohen and Margaret McGregor, 2016) and The Concerning Rise of Corporate Medicine (2022). He is a frequent commentator on health policy issues in regional and national media.
Through Freedom of Information requests, statistical analysis, and a review of the research literature, this report evaluates claims made by the Alberta government about the effectiveness of the Alberta Surgical Initiative in reducing wait times and the role of for-profit surgical outsourcing. Based on the research evidence, the report recommends that the provincial government shift away from for-profit surgical delivery and fully commit to public system improvement.