Patient choice key to sound health care

Letter. Published March 27, 2018 in Edmonton Jounal

The Alberta Government appears to have signalled the importance of a sustainable health-care system by capping expenditures at three per cent for [each of] the next three years.

 Sustainability reflects what a government can afford to spend on health care, and still fund related priorities such as social housing, low-income support, seniors’ programs, education and the environment.

 Sustainability, however, requires not only respect for taxpayers but also for patients so that Albertans have the health-care system that they deserve: patient-centred with timely access to quality care. 

 Albertans should have the choice of accessing their health care, here in the own province, especially when the government-run system rations care through wait times and wait lists.

 Patient choice, therefore, must become recognized as a fundamental value and an essential component of a sustainable approach to the health-care system.

 Ronald Kustra

Spokesperson, Canadians for Sustainable Medicare

St. Albert, AB

587.983.8891

 

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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