Parkland Institute

Blog entries tagged with health care

April 30, 2015

Planks in the platforms: comparing 11 key policy issues

posted by Ian Hussey

As we enter the final weekend of Alberta election 2015, Parkland Institute compares the platforms of the four major parties on 11 key policy areas.

Tagged with: budget 2015 | childcare | democracy | education | election 2015 | elections | environment | First Nations | health care | royalties | taxation
January 13, 2012

Homo economicus, meet Homo sapiens

posted by David Thompson

...The vast majority of people are, well... people.  Their motivations are much more complex.  Recent research has refuted the lopsided and naive picture of humanity represented by Homo economicus.  Interestingly, a lot of this research is taking place within the field of economics...

Tagged with: economics | fee for service | health care
June 09, 2011

If we had the evidence, we wouldn’t need an investigation!

posted by Diana Gibson

This week allegations of influence peddling by MLAs who were getting priority access for friends and family to health care services were brought to light. Stephen Duckett, formerly of health superboard infamy, mentioned in a speech that this behaviour had been a concern for him when he was chief administrator- enough of a concern that he issued a memo on it.

Tagged with: health care | healthcare | investigation | Stephen Duckett
February 24, 2011

Health care has not been protected

posted by Diana Gibson

In today's budget it is expected again that the Tories will claim to be protecting health care spending but exercising fiscal austerity in other pieces of the budget. What the Tory government missed this year and last is that health care spending is not defined by what is spent on acute care.

Tagged with: Alberta budget 2011 | economics | health care
December 01, 2010

Is Dr. Raj Sherman being smeared?

posted by David Thompson

Many are asking this question. And it's an important question, as it relates to the degree of democracy in Alberta; whistleblowers take serious personal and career risks when they raise matters of public interest, and they need protection, as previous Parkland Institute research has pointed out...

Tagged with: health care | healthcare | Raj Sherman
November 30, 2010

Leaked document makes clear intention to undermine public health

posted by Diana Gibson

Yesterday a government power point presentation titled Alberta's Health Legislation: Moving Forward was leaked to the press and public. The 27 page document clearly advocates policies that would shrink and undermine the public health system, a direction that is consistent with this government's track record and which the public has consistently and repeatedly rejected....

Tagged with: Alberta health act | health care | healthcare | privatization
November 26, 2010

Time for dialogue about more than cookies

posted by Diana Gibson

So, the axe has finally fallen and Stephen Duckett has been fired. As the dust settles, Raj Sherman sits as an independent and premier Stelmach says he is tired of the theatre. But a look behind the headlines shows us that it has all been theatre.

Tagged with: Duckett | health care | healthcare | post secondary | Sherman
November 22, 2010

Sherman gets Alberta smackdown

posted by David Thompson

Doctor and now-former Conservative MLA Raj Sherman is just the latest person to receive the Alberta Smackdown for speaking out on an important issue.

Tagged with: Duckett | health care | healthcare | Raj Sherman
November 12, 2010

Wildrose Alliance models health care on USA

posted by Diana Gibson

Throwing their hat into the ring, Alberta's newly minted Wildrose Alliance Party finally launched its health care platform. Wild Rose's leader Danielle Smith is rolling out an agenda to dramatically expand private delivery. Carefully crafted rhetoric like "increasing choice" and "European model" are used to shroud the fact that Smith is talking about privatization, and taking Alberta toward a U.S.- style, corporate health system.

Tagged with: Danielle Smith | health care | health legislation | healthcare | Wild Rose Alliance