Alberta WCB recognizes value of privately funded health care

Under the Canada Health Act, injured workers covered by workers’ compensation [and inmates of federal prisons] are allowed to circumvent the wait times and other problems that confront Canadians in the publicly funded Medicare system.

This exemption recognizes the importance of having people return to work as quickly as possible, not only for the country’s productivity, but also for a family’s financial health and the worker’s well-being.

WCB-Alberta and the Alberta Medical Association recently signed an agreement that adds “an 85% premium on top of the Schedule of Medical Benefits (SOMB) procedure fee for specific high-volume, non-urgent surgical procedures valuable to WCB-Alberta.” The premium “recognizes the commitment to set aside time, above and beyond your surgical time in hospital, to expedite certain procedures in a WCB contracted surgical centre [10 are listed].”

Nota bene: According to WCB-Alberta: “It provides an opportunity to reduce wait times and enhance outcomes for your entire patient population by removing WCB patients from the public surgical queue allowing more capacity for public patients.”






Canada’s government-run health care system – Medicare -- is a monopoly that prohibits private hospital and private physician care. Medicare is a subpar performer, ranking 10th among 11 advanced countries. Canadians deserve much better! Patients deserve timely access to quality care and choice of hospitals and physicians. Taxpayers deserve much more value for their tax dollars.

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