April 20, 2015

Alberta election: Wildrose vows to fund medical procedures at private clinics

Marc PatroneRebel Commentator

Alberta's Wildrose Party is tackling health care wait times with an election promise to pay for medical procedures performed at private clinics inside or outside the province, if those can't be done in the public system within a reasonable period of time.

Party Leader Brian Jean says there are too many Albertans waiting too long for things like hip replacement surgery.

If elected, he promised a wait times guarantee so medical patients needing any one of five critical health procedures won't have to wait beyond what is medically advisable as is currently the case.

He says his plan won't cost anymore than it currently does because the government will only pay an amount equivalent to what the same procedure would cost in the Alberta public health system.

"What we are trying to do is fix our goal on making sure health care is better for Albertans and work within the Canada Health Act. We have backlogs. We have people waiting in their houses right over here for surgeries and procedures that they could do now. It doesn't cost any more to do something today than it does in a year from today. What it cost is the productivity of that person and the quality of life for them," said Jean.

Currently, Jean says Albertans are paying 20% above the national average for health care and getting poorer service in part, because of a bloated bureaucracy at Alberta Health Services.

Would you like to see a similar system enacted across Canada? Tell us in the comments!


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commented 2015-04-21 08:20:19 -0400
I agree with you Wayne. Germany has a good system like that.

But even the mention of a setting up a discussion to even discuss the possibility of discussing changing the health care in this country causes a very vocal group to freak and go into uncontrollable convulsions, salivating, hives! Until we can as a country can at least discuss the issue with out the hysteria, we will be stuck with this horribly expensive and inefficient system.
commented 2015-04-21 01:57:19 -0400
What works best in Europe is a mixture of private and government health care. When there is competition between the private and public health care providers it helps the consumer of health care. The competition prevents the government services from getting over staffed with too many administrators and parasites. The existence of public health care providers prevents the private health care facilities from charging ridiculous prices for their services. Socialist Sweden still have privately run hospitals.
commented 2015-04-20 22:48:35 -0400
Fund medical procedures and private clinics?? That would send the left wingnuts into a grey matter melt down! Now we MUST vote in the WIldrose, if for no other reason than to see that.
commented 2015-04-20 22:01:24 -0400
Wait times are beyond foolish here. The cost to society is staggering. Politicians are to blame as they scramble to license ONLY their friends for private practice. Corruption kills in this case.
commented 2015-04-20 20:27:02 -0400
The Wildrose really has a good chance to form government. Since the polls suggest the NDP have a shot, means the left won’t throw their support behing the PCs in desperation. It’s all about peaking at the right moment.
commented 2015-04-20 20:26:05 -0400
For sure the wildrose will deliver. After 43 years of PC empire building (and AHS) a few less paper shufflers can streamline the process and then efficiencies will be found. Stepping out of bounds and using some private clinics and equipment will speed up the system. There should be no need for some of the ridiculous wait times.
commented 2015-04-20 20:03:49 -0400
About time some political party had enough balls to step up to the plate on this. Leaving people especially children suffering is immoral and just not right. Medical care needed does not wait on politicians and politics. If needed it has to get done in a reasonable time.