Alberta should look abroad, and next door, for health care solutions

Spending continues to rise but Albertans have diminished access to care and face above-average wait times

Alberta should look abroad, and next door, for health care solutionsBy Bacchus Barua and Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute Albertans, like all Canadians, spend comparatively high amounts on health care but only receive modest performance from the system compared to other universal care countries. Thankfully, there’s much the province can (and should) do to improve its health-care system. According to the Canadian Institute for Health…

Minimizing the impact on mental health from an economic downturn

David Grauwiler of the Canadian Mental Health Association says there’s no excuse for ignoring mental health in the workplace

Minimizing the impact on mental health from an economic downturnDavid Grauwiler is executive director of the Alberta division of the Canadian Mental Health Association. Why has mental health become such an important issue in society? Are there more cases of it now or simply better awareness of the issue? Grauwiler: The conversation around mental health is growing in Alberta. Campaigns such as Bell Let’s…

Province issues notice to contractor of $730-million hospital project

The contractor has 15 days to submit a plan of action to the government outlining how it intends to finish the Grande Prairie project

Province issues notice to contractor of $730-million hospital projectThe Alberta government has taken steps to get the construction of the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital back on track. The project is more than $83 million over budget and still under construction more than a year passed its initial finish date. On Monday, the government issued a Notice of Default to Graham Construction, which is…

Prevention cuts demand on the health system

Increased spending has entrenched an inefficient system that has inflated the cost of getting the same outcomes. It’s time for change

Prevention cuts demand on the health systemProvincial ministers of health and finance seek to ‘bend the health care cost curve’ but year after year, provincial budgets bend the curve in the wrong direction, adding billions of dollars to provincial health spending. We’ve doubled spending on our medical treatment system in Canada since 2005 – and what did we get? Not improved…

The art of healing should include art

Sometimes it’s not enough to heal the body. Art also has a role in health care. But funding for programs that bring art to patients is in short supply in Alberta

The art of healing should include artFor centuries, art has been used in healing ceremonies, although the formal art therapy profession has only been recognized for the past several decades. The history of art in hospitals dates back to the Renaissance, yet we still too often consider art an add-on to healing. That's changing rapidly. Art is becoming prominent as an adjunct…

How Alberta can deal with the ‘silver tsunami’ health-care crisis

If the NDP is going to lose the next election, the government should just fall on its sword and introduce a sales tax

How Alberta can deal with the ‘silver tsunami’ health-care crisisAs a baby boomer, I’m very concerned about my future dignity in Alberta. For the past two months, my 85-year-old mother-in-law, who suffers from dementia, has lived in Foothills Hospital because there are no long-term care facilities that can accept her. Her days (and nights) are spent locked in a chair because she wanders and…

High dental fees, lack of access create a health crisis

Lack of dental care affects more than oral health – it has been linked to cardiovascular and respiratory problems and diabetes

High dental fees, lack of access create a health crisisLast year, a provincial government report found that dental procedures cost up to 44 per cent more in Alberta than in neighbouring provinces. Does this inflated cost have an impact on dental health? You bet. A staggering 62 per cent of Albertans reported limiting dental visits due to cost concerns. A majority of Albertans skipping…

Alberta’s health-care spending is unsustainable

The provincial government has no option but to implement meaningful health-care policy reforms

Alberta’s health-care spending is unsustainableBy Bacchus Barua and Ben Eisen The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C. June 13, 2016/ Troy Media/ - It’s no secret Alberta’s provincial government is in a [popup url="https://www.fraserinstitute.org/sites/default/files/how-much-how-fast-estimating-debt-accumulation-in-alberta-through-2019-20.pdf" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]fiscal hole[/popup]. Alberta is expected to run a big budget deficit this year and rack up tens of billions of dollars in debt over the next…

STARS air ambulance funding shouldn’t be left up to public

Critical services require significant and sustainable public funding

STARS air ambulance funding shouldn’t be left up to public//  stars air ambulance  stars air ambulance [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/2016/03/stars-air-ambulance-funding/" height="800" width="800" scrollbars="1"]Download[/popup] this column on the STARS air ambulance service [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="1"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] RED DEER, Alta. March 9, 2016/ Troy Media/ - What happens when a charity takes on fundamental social tasks better performed by government and then donations can't…

Albertans must get inventive in health care as oil price slides

Health care needs can’t simply be turned off because provincial revenues are declining

Albertans must get inventive in health care as oil price slides//  health care [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/2016/02/albertans-must-get-inventive-in-health-care-as-oil-price-slides/" height="800" width="800" scrollbars="0"]Download[/popup] this column on [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/category/health-lifestyle/" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="0"]health care[/popup] in [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/tag/health-care-alberta/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="0"]Alberta[/popup] [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="0"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] CALGARY, Alta. Feb 4, 2016/ Troy Media/ - As world oil prices and the Canadian dollar slide perilously, Albertans must become more inventive and…