from guinea pigs to heroes (and back again?)
Jason Kenney joined others last week in celebrating the life-saving contributions of medical lab professionals in Alberta. This was a marked departure from his drive just a few months ago to privatize the province's labs and label lab workers as not "frontline" medicine. Rebecca Graff-McRae digs into the current work of medical labs in Alberta, their recent political history, and what might become of them post-pandemic.
Last week Ernst & Young LLP released the review of Alberta Health Services commissioned by the UCP back in July. Parkland Institute research manager Alison McIntosh did a deep dive into the report and provides her thoughts on what the recommendations mean for health workers, Albertans, and the health care system as a whole.
United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney has presented his plans for dealing with wait times for surgery in Alberta, including allowing private clinics to bid for publicly-funded procedures. Ricardo Acuña looks at the evidence and history to show that we've already been there and done that.
Health Care Under NDP Governments
This report analyzes and compares the record of recent NDP governments on health care in five provinces: Ontario, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Nova Scotia, and examines briefly the health care policies of the Alberta NDP government since 2015, highlighting points of intersection—and contrast—with the five provinces examined.
Parkland Institute research manager Rebecca Graff-McRae challenges assertions made by the Alberta Continuing Care Association in this op-ed for the Calgary Herald.
At the boundary of public and private health care
What Alberta Health’s recent decision to end non-insured fertility services at the Royal Alexandra Hospital’s Regional Fertility and Women’s Endocrine Clinic says about Alberta's commitment to health equity and truly universal public health care.
Parkland Institute research manager Rebecca Graff-Mcrae blogs about her visit to one of Alberta's private membership clinics, and the findings of her recently released report, Blurred Lines.
Private Membership Clinics and Public Health Care
This report looks at private membership clinics in Alberta, which charge membership fees for combined physician and complementary practitioner care, and examines the audit process that looked into these clinics to determine if there are sufficient measures to ensure the Canada Health Act is being upheld.
Unmet pledges of new government continuing a troubling trend
Stagnation in the number of long-term care beds, a continued shift to less-resourced and less regulated "supportive living" spaces, and higher levels of private for-profit delivery have left residential elder care in Alberta in a state of crisis, according to a new report released today by Parkland Institute.