The best kind of social medicine in Medicine Hat

By eliminating homelessness, the Alberta city has reduced the crime rate, the workload on first responders, hospital emergency visits and pressure on the courts

The best kind of social medicine in Medicine HatFormer American president Jimmy Carter said, “The measure of a society is found in how they treat their weakest and most helpless citizens.” Serving those in need may seem simply like the charitable thing to do. When we look a bit deeper, however, we see that many social programs help the entire population. Even on a…

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 It’s no secret Alberta’s provincial government is in a fiscal hole. Alberta is expected to run a big budget deficit this year and rack up tens of billions of dollars in debt over the next few years. If the provincial government wants to get Alberta’s financial…

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…