April 18, 2016

Healthcare in Alberta: Has Notley NDP delivered on campaign promises?

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Commentator

Wait times for cancer treatment in Alberta are some of the worst in the country. A recent report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information, an organization that monitors healthcare wait times across the country, showed that Albertans wait longer than many other Canadians to get access to oncology treatment. 

The average wait time for 90% of patients to receive their first round of chemotherapy in Alberta is almost 6 weeks. That seems dangerously long. Now let’s look at our neighbour to the east, Saskatchewan. The average wait time for 90% of patients to receive their first round of chemotherapy in Saskatchewan is eleven days.

Why could that be? That’s such a drastic difference. Surely Saskatchewan must spend way more money on their healthcare system than Alberta.

No, that’s not the case. Saskatchewan spends less money on healthcare than Alberta, but what they do spend, they spend better.

Saskatchewan spends $4,621 dollars on healthcare per person. Alberta spends $4,862 dollars per person. Alberta spends more per capita but sees weeks longer wait times. Alberta spends the second highest amount on healthcare in the whole country, only surpassed by Newfoundland and Labrador. For all that money thrown at healthcare the customers like you and I aren't getting better care or service. That’s the real problem. American studies have shown that lung cancer tumours double in size every 4.3 months. Getting access to treatment fast saves lives.

Rachel Notley, during her campaign, promised us better healthcare and shorter wait times. A year later she has delivered the complete opposite. Albertans were delivered worse, more expensive healthcare and longer waits for the most time sensitive of diseases, like cancer.

Saskatchewan proves that more and better healthcare can happen with less money. Saskatchewan isn't afraid to experiment with private clinics and the governing Saskatchewan party is not hamstrung by some form of Tommy Douglas healthcare puritanism. In Alberta, the NDP treats the healthcare behemoth like Jabba the Hut. It’s a big fat monstrosity that needs to be kowtowed to, and it has an insatiable appetite for cash.

Rachel Notley keeps saying she’s going to protect healthcare. But what is she protecting it from? Accountability? Efficiency? Innovation?

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commented 2016-04-19 09:14:06 -0400
Drew Wakariuk asked, “Why do progressive idiots think socialists create a Utopia? When have they ever?”

Well, there was the time when … … um, no that one didn’t work … then there was that empire that … … no, that one failed too … … well how about … … well no, not that one either. Well [insert petulant pout here] … … they all did it wrong and Canada will do it right! Yea, that’s it, Canada will do it properly!
commented 2016-04-19 01:25:47 -0400
Why do progressive idiots think socialists create a Utopia? When have they ever?
commented 2016-04-19 01:24:23 -0400
George Dyer we do have that , the left wing socialists who preach about the public system tend to go to the US to get faster treatment when they need it. HYPOCRISY at its finest.
commented 2016-04-18 18:59:10 -0400
Alberta, Ontario and Justins Junket, have to be the three most corrupt governing body’s in the history of Canada.
commented 2016-04-18 18:57:28 -0400
Whenever you see a close up of notley, you have to think that she is/was at least a pack a day smoker. Makes one wonder how long her wait time for chemotherapy will be. No doubt, she’ll be up in the 1% statistic.
commented 2016-04-18 18:15:33 -0400
Richard Man – we are definitely being played by the NDP and the unions. Private care would mean the unions would lose out on their union dues. And we certainly can’t have that now can we? It might just be too efficient for the system to deal with.
commented 2016-04-18 17:59:00 -0400
Why is it that the Province cannot go to a public/private system? If you want to get your treatment from private, you can go but the province will only pay the same as the public gets, if your treatment is higher to go private then you pay out of your pocket for the above provincial money. Is this such a difficult concept to figure out? Just think of the employment we could create by opening private centres. But we all know the union losers who know they would be exposed to be the useless bags of garbage that they are would be all upset about an " american style" health care system. What is so good about Alberta’s style of health care? Can people NOT see you are being played for fools by the unions who are the so called “friends of medicare”?
commented 2016-04-18 17:44:19 -0400
I here tell that the trolls on this site got sex change request looked after with in 7days
So there are expedient priorities
commented 2016-04-18 17:25:01 -0400
Instead of having approximately thirteen health-care systems I believe it would be a beneficial improvement to Canadians to have two;
One that is funded by our tax dollars, is freely available anytime to all and which values the life of a Canadian in one part of our country to be equal in value to the life of a Canadian in another part.
A second, independent (or private) system, that would be a competitive alternative, available anytime, at a cost, to all who wish to use it.
commented 2016-04-18 17:15:55 -0400
I’ve lived in AB for 40-years, and health care is not improving at all. In fact, I was at the Peter Lougheed hospital a couple of weeks back, and I’ve never been treated so badly in my life. Do yourself a favour, if you need to go to a hospital, do not go the Peter Lougheed in Calgary. I did manage to put a Doctor and a couple of sorry nurses in their places, prior to leaving after 7-hours of their garbage service. That was the most satisfying thing that happened to me that day. The hospital was filthy every where I looked! It’s too bad that it’s named after one of the best premiers AB has ever had. Peter deserves better than that dirty hole in the wall.
commented 2016-04-18 17:11:02 -0400
Line up and die socialist healthcare and it will get worse.

The socialist solution is to spend more = more money into union pockets due to useless hires.

And nothing changes. The MSM reports bullshit and we continue to line up and die.
commented 2016-04-18 16:59:44 -0400
Sheila, I appreciate this report. Alberta Healthcare Services (AHS) has been a mess for at least 15 years, probably longer. Corruption at the highest level are standard fare. I remember the head of AHS was being hounded by reporters who wanted to get an answer on a particular topic. The chief said he was too busy and can’t you see I’m trying to eat my cookie. Trying to eat his fucking cookie and they were paying this guy a huge amount of money plus he was claiming shit like personal vehicle maintenance and putting in a claim for a pack of gum. You want to save some money Alberta, start at health care and then look at compensation. Redford’s chief of staff worked only six months and his severance was $135,000 dollars and Redford also had living out of Edmonton employees staying at $200 a night hotel rooms. And don’t get me going on road improvement projects. Those slugs did nothing but move dirt around for six months on Highway 28 north of Edmonton, never even touched the highway for six months. I saw it every fricking day. Health care is one of the biggest and most expensive problems Alberta needs to fix. Their management is one gigantic mess.