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 slidesAs world oil prices and the Canadian dollar slide perilously, Albertans must become more inventive and rigorous in managing their costs – and expectations – especially in high-cost areas like infrastructure, education and health care. Health care is the biggest challenge. We cannot turn off the population’s health care needs simply because provincial revenues are…

Alberta healthcare levy no cure for health system

New healthcare tax needs to be tied to health spending

Alberta healthcare levy no cure for health systemOn the surface, the Alberta government’s decision to restore healthcare taxes so that Albertans can directly contribute to the healthcare system sounds reasonable. Each person earning over $50,000 dollars per year will now pay up to $1,000 in taxes, which works out to approximately $0.5 billion over two years. But dig a little deeper and…

How to eliminate MRI wait lists in the Alberta health system

And save millions of dollars a year in the process

How to eliminate MRI wait lists in the Alberta health systemValue for money appears to be finally getting the attention it merits as Alberta’s new health minister, Stephen Mandel, takes the reins of the portfolio that is close to consuming 50 per cent of the province’s operating budget. This is an area of magnificent opportunity. Public healthcare offers many examples of value waiting to be…