A Trojan Horse for Expanding For-Profit Health Care
Alberta's provincial government has embarked on a new initiative to reform existing health legislation and create a new Alberta Health Act (AHA). There is a danger that the government is using the process to increase the role of private for-profit health care in Alberta.
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New Parkland Institute report says Alberta Health Act initiative should not proceed
A new report released this morning by the U of A’s Parkland Institute says that the current initiative by Alberta Health Services to create an Alberta Health Act carries too many risks and should not proceed as currently conceived. The report, the first of two in a series, is entitled “The New Alberta Health Act: Risks and Opportunities”. It was written by Parkland Research Director Diana Gibson and Vancouver-based health policy researcher Colleen Fuller.
As Alberta Health Services prepares to release its 2010 capital plan, new research released today by the U of A’s Parkland Institute makes the case for refurbishing Alberta Hospital Edmonton and not closing any acute care mental health beds. This morning the Institute released a fact sheet entitled “The Need to Redevelop Alberta Hospital” and a longer essay entitled “Living in Hope” by prominent Alberta author Curtis Gillespie.
A Response to 2009-2010 Bed Closure Process at the Alberta Hospital
The Stelmach government's closed-door decision to remove 246 beds from Alberta Hospital Edmonton, and redistribute them without a detailed plan, demonstrates that mental illness is not treated in Alberta with the same level of service, care, and dignity afforded other serious illnesses.
Public Health Care and Affordability in Alberta
The government of Alberta has consistently used inaccurate or incomplete numbers to undermine public confidence in the sustainability of public healthcare. This report exposes the false economies used to create a sense of crisis. It illustrates the clear trends in health care spending.
Keeping it Public
The Alberta government has consistently used the threat of the aging baby boomers to undermine confidence in the sustainability of public healthcare. This report evaluates the real situation for seniors healthcare in the province. This report sheds light on sustainability, and considers what will be needed in the next 20 years to maintain seniors' optimum health and wellbeing.
New Report Calls on Alberta to Improve Services for Seniors Today
Alberta’s aging baby boomers will not make public health care unaffordable or unsustainable. This is the key finding of a report released today by the University of Alberta’s Parkland Institute.
The Truth Behind Private Health Care Insurance in Canada
The Bottom Line summarizes a huge body of evidence to get to the truth: private health insurance is more expensive and actually reduces access to health care. Evidence reveals that a manufactured cost crisis is driving the push for more private health insurance. This book examines the implications of the recent Supreme Court Chaoulli decision in Quebec, and offers vignettes of life before medicare. The Bottom Line concludes that the Alberta Conservative government is needlessly pursuing a US-style health system.