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 basis, we read and hear reports about the generosity of Albertans. This weekend it was Calgary oilman and philanthropist Jim Gray making yet another donation. This time it was $60,000 to the Calgary Health Trust in memory of his wife of 51 years, Josie. The donation will purchase 10 state-of-the-art dialysis chairs for patients receiving care at the Sheldon Chumir Health Centre in Calgary. 

Foundations are another means by which individuals and corporations help to finance the publicly funded health-care system. The 10 major ones in Alberta are:

  • Alberta Cancer Foundation
  • Calgary Health Trust
  • University Hospital Foundation
  • Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation
  • Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation
  • Northern Lights Regional Health Foundation
  • Red Deer Regional Health Foundation
  • Glenrose Foundation
  • Queen Elizabeth II Hospital Foundation
  • Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation



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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