Health care an afterthought in Alberta’s Speech from the Throne

Despite Medicare consuming 50% of the Alberta Government’s operating budget, it appeared as an afterthought in the March 8 Speech from the Throne in this one-sentence paragraph: “Albertans want to build a society that provides well-managed, efficiently financed, nimble, world-class health care, education and other public services.”

Instead, and understandably, the government focused on the economy and its other priorities: the latest energy price shock and its consequences; diversify our markets; actions on income security, diversification and job creation; investing in a clean energy future; responsible public financial management; and ongoing democratic reform.

Given the abysmal performance of Canada’s Medicare monopoly compared with other industrialized countries, “world-class health care” is a misnomer at best and deceitful at worst.



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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