Archive for the Alberta Category

UCP should emulate Lougheed on provincial rights

  Calgary Herald letter-to-the-editor Published August 21, 2017 Alberta politicians should press feds over health care Will the next leader of the United Conservative Party, if he becomes premier, have the fortitude and tenacity of Premier Peter Lougheed who championed provincial rights over natural resources in a

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Where would Medicare be without private funding and the generosity of Albertans?

STARS, Alberta’s lauded air ambulance and emergency medical transport service, is currently in its annual fund-raising campaign. Its 2017 lottery offers more than $4.9 million in prizes, with a goal of raising $11 million. That’s about one-third of STARS’ annual budget of $30 million. On a  regular

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Interest payments on government debt siphon $$$ away from health care

A new study again calls into question the sustainability of Canada’s health care system as interest payments on government debt siphon money away from programs and services important for the health of the country, not only Medicare itself but also other elements such as social services and

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Time to grow Medicare beyond its 20th roots

Alberta needs to be innovative and grow its health-care system beyond its 20th century roots, Canadians for Sustainable Medicare [C4SM] proposed in a letter-to-the-editor [“Ailing medicare system is looking for a cure”] published January 9, 2017, in the Calgary Herald. The letter was prompted by a January

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Huge health care costs

Letter to the editor, Edmonton Sun, published October 19, 2016 HUGE HEALTH COSTS Tom Parkin (October 16) asserts medicare is sustainable. No, it’s not — unless the federal and provincial governments in their current negotiations on health care spending deal with the realities of the medicare monopoly

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Almost 46,000 Canadians sought medical care outside Canada in 2015: study

The number of Canadians seeking non-emergency medical treatment outside their own country continues to climb year-after-year with the most recent study by the Fraser Institute suggesting 45,619 did so in 2015. The Fraser Institute did not indicate how many Canadians went to the United States, only that

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Health care spending is not sustainable: report

  Health care spending could consume almost 50 per cent of provincial budgets by 2030, according to a Fraser Institute study released May 31, 2016. This will trigger higher taxes, larger deficits, and/or reduced spending on other public programs such as education and social services. http://bit.ly/1sYr6e2 The study, The Sustainability

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Physicians & blood plasma next on Alberta’s public vs. private health care agenda

Since being elected a year ago, Alberta’s NDP government has been persistent in trying to assure the private sector that not only is it not anti-business, but also that it is pro-business. For example, in her April, 2016 “Address to Albertans,” Premier Rachael Notley said, “And to

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Kermit the Frog & the Medicare Monopoly

Kermit the Frog reminded us, “It’s not easy being green.” Likewise, it’s not easy being a patient in Canada’s health care monopoly. And, it’s not easy being a Canadian minister of health. But “it’s not easy” is no excuse when: • The Medicare monopoly fails to deliver

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NHS “junior” doctors strike cancels 125,000 services

More than 125,000 appointments and operations were cancelled and will need to be rearranged as thousands of junior doctors — those with up to 10 years of experience — posted picket lines outside hospitals around England, according to a Canadian Press Story dated April 26, 2016. http://bit.ly/239L1RP The two-day

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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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