November 07, 2017

Healthcare: Albertans spend more, but use less (and it's set to get worse)

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show

The Canadian Institute for Health Information has a new report out this week that compares the projected provincial levels of healthcare expenditures for 2017. Alberta finished second in per capita spending at $7,329.

But that doesn’t tell the whole story.

As University of Alberta economist Trevor Tombe points out, Alberta has a youthful population, with only 12 per cent of the population over the age of 65.

Tombe explained that, “adjusted for age and gender differences across provinces, Alberta is by far the highest spending province by health," putting Alberta 14 per cent higher than those CIHI estimates.

What this all means is that Albertans, comparatively speaking, are accessing healthcare less because we are younger and healthier, but spending way more on a lot of expensive nothingness.

This wouldn't be all that terrible if Alberta had 33 per cent better outcomes than everyone else.

But we don't.

And the NDP aren’t done creating more healthcare costs. Rachel Notley’s government has promised to renationalize private lab and laundry services, creating thousands more government workers and taking jobs away from the private sector.

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commented 2017-11-11 04:13:24 -0500
Actually, the Manitoba NDP were in power for almost 17 years. But closing down the emergency rooms and urgent care were a bad move on the part of the pro cons.
commented 2017-11-08 19:12:54 -0500
Moose a lot of things have to be cleaned up after 12 years of NDP crap.
commented 2017-11-08 18:53:02 -0500
Andrew no, they are talking about farther back, Sun news crapped on Redford as well for the same reasons.
commented 2017-11-08 17:10:43 -0500
So when Albertans get pneumonia from using Nanny Notley’s clothes lines this winter; they can also brace themselves for getting on a waiting list to address it – Wow!
commented 2017-11-08 10:35:23 -0500
Drew Wakariuk commented 10 hours ago
“Andrew Stephenson no one thinks Redford was a conservative when it came to spending. Also our wait times are growing like weeds , I personally know this. And our debt is growing by leaps and bounds, if they are not spending then why do they borrow so much even after raising taxes? Lab services got way better when Ralph contracted out.”

So you agree then that the Rebel’s accusations at the NDP are somewhat unfair?
commented 2017-11-08 00:52:57 -0500
Funny how the left takes more form the people and creates more debt while making things worse and slower.
commented 2017-11-08 00:52:13 -0500
Andrew Stephenson no one thinks Redford was a conservative when it came to spending. Also our wait times are growing like weeds , I personally know this. And our debt is growing by leaps and bounds, if they are not spending then why do they borrow so much even after raising taxes? Lab services got way better when Ralph contracted out.
commented 2017-11-07 22:03:21 -0500
You think you have it bad out in Alberta? Try living in Manitoba. That douchebag Pallister shut down three emergency rooms and one urgent care center in Winnipeg. I can’t believe I voted for that disgrace to conservatives.
commented 2017-11-07 21:27:37 -0500
Typical Dipper double dipping – most of these costs are uncured by inflating health care spending with redundant civil service union jobs – paying union drones to do nothing but collect paychecks from the public and kick back a percentage to Dip party coffers. Socialists perfected this union racketeering.
commented 2017-11-07 19:54:34 -0500
My great wife is PHN. To cover costs of the increased bureaucracy, the ‘progressive’ fatty health minister of the New Demoncratic Party cut Flu clinics and staff. So where is the money going? 2020 retirement programmes of the Non-Democratic Party? It stinks higher than a dead skunk in the middle of the road.

Good news. The invisible energy minister, who claims to have been a teacher and educational minister, gave an interview to YLCountry about The Anti-Parent Education Bill. She hates the parents in her riding and thinks they are idiots. Why is this good news? She is still alive and not the skunk dead in the middle of the road.

Always nice to know someone still exists.
commented 2017-11-07 18:41:04 -0500
Yup, gotta love socialism with the ever expanding public sector union jobs.
commented 2017-11-07 18:20:12 -0500
She is trying to kill capitalism in all its forms, and this is just another step. Health care in Alberta is an absolute joke. The system is being milked for services that aren’t necessary. I went to a drop in clinic because I couldn’t get into my family doctor, and they were after me to make this drop in doctor my family doctor, just so they could bill the system for every last drop. When I said no, that I already had a family doctor, I waited, and waited, and it wasn’t even busy, in fact I was the only patient when I walked in. I walked out after close to an hour and a half. I won’t be back there, so now they’ve lost the drop in business too! Greed knows no bounds in health care.
commented 2017-11-07 18:13:58 -0500
Rachel is stealing for her union goons.