Media items tagged with Healthcare

Op-eds | April 19, 2012

For-profit health options fraught with peril

The Alberta election has just hit the halfway point, and health care has again become a lightning rod. The rival parties are facing off on reform, promising changes running the gamut from more privatization to more public care.

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Tagged with: health care | health resources centre | healthcare | hrc | privatization
For Immediate Release | April 10, 2012

New report highlights dangers of private health care

HRC example shows private costs more and puts tax dollars at risk

A new report from the Parkland Institute says that supporting private health facilities with public health dollars costs more, damages the public system, and puts tax dollars and patient care at risk.

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Tagged with: health care | health resources centre | healthcare | HRC | privatization
For Immediate Release | February 23, 2012

In Residential Long-term Care, Delivery Matters

Research shows direct link between for-profit ownership and lower quality

A new fact sheet released this morning by the U of A’s Parkland Institute points to a direct link between the ownership of residential long-term care facilities and the quality of service delivery.

The fact sheet, entitled Delivery Matters, looks at a variety of US and Canadian research to come to the conclusion that for-profit residential long-term care facilities are more likely to provide inferior care.

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Tagged with: healthcare | long-term care | privatization | seniors
Mentions | June 21, 2011

Billing Doctors

A look at criticisms of fee-for-service in health care

Diana Gibson on Alberta Primetime looking at fee-for-service medicine as an Alberta doctor is accused of charging the province for seeing more than one hundred patients a day.

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Tagged with: fee for service | healthcare
Op-eds | February 07, 2011

Wildrose leader’s private model a flawed remedy for health care

News of Ed Stelmach eventually stepping down as premier raises a variety of questions about the direction of policy in Alberta, no less so with the government being seriously challenged by the Wildrose Alliance from further right on the ideological spectrum.

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Tagged with: Danielle Smith | healthcare | privatization | Wildrose Alliance
Op-eds | November 02, 2010

We need extra capacity, not vague Health Act

Last week, with Halloween just around the corner, the government introduced the new Alberta Health Act in the legislature. How appropriate that timing was, as the Act, like Halloween, requires Albertans to suspend their disbelief.

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Tagged with: Alberta health act | Diana Gibson | health care | healthcare
For Immediate Release | September 21, 2010

Health Care System Needs Action, Not a New Health Act

New Parkland Institute report identifies health care challenges and proposes real solutions

A new report released this evening by the U of A’s Parkland Institute says that addressing the key challenges being faced by Alberta’s health care system will require concrete action, not a new health act or charter.

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Tagged with: Alberta health act | Fred Horne | healthcare | members' advisory committee on health
Op-eds | June 07, 2010

Proposed changes to Alberta Health Act require reassessment

Bankruptcy of for-profit Calgary clinic portends worse, more costly system

In the same month as the Alberta Government launched consultations on a new Alberta Health Act, one of its prodigal private surgery centres, the Health Resources Centre in Calgary, declared bankruptcy. Before consultations have even begun, the Alberta Health Act initiative has been seriously undermined because the Act is all about that style of private for-profit delivery.

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Tagged with: Alberta health act | health act | healthcare | privatization
For Immediate Release | June 02, 2010

Nothing to gain and everything to lose

New Parkland Institute report says Alberta Health Act initiative should not proceed

A new report released this morning by the U of A’s Parkland Institute says that the current initiative by Alberta Health Services to create an Alberta Health Act carries too many risks and should not proceed as currently conceived.  The report, the first of two in a series, is entitled “The New Alberta Health Act: Risks and Opportunities”. It was written by Parkland Research Director Diana Gibson and Vancouver-based health policy researcher Colleen Fuller.

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Tagged with: healthcare
Op-eds | February 06, 2010

Alberta families pay most in Canada for health, education, and utilities

Albertans are waiting for the provincial budget next week, when it is expected the Conservative government will be cutting health, education, and community services in ways we have not seen since the early 1990s. But Albertans will not just be bracing for larger classes, longer emergency room waits, or fewer services for vulnerable people. Budget cuts also mean families will see more of their take-home pay get eaten up by fees for public services, when we already pay more than any other Canadians for health care, education, child care, and home utilities.

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Tagged with: Alberta budget 2010 | budget announcements | education | healthcare | service cuts | utilities
Op-eds | November 21, 2009

Alberta has a duty to resist health care cuts

The Canadian Institute for Health Information(CIHI) released its most recent health spending data Thursday. The data tell three important stories that have serious implications for the health-care debate.

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Tagged with: Alberta budget 2010 | healthcare | spending cuts
For Immediate Release | June 25, 2009

Health care budget cuts are unnecessary

Numbers show spending on public health services no higher than in 1990

EDMONTON—The Alberta government’s plans for health care cuts cannot be justified by a lack of finances, according to a review of budgets and spending released today by the Parkland Institute. “Hospital spending has not recovered from the cuts of the 1990s and yet they are being hit again. Those costs are not out of control and cuts are completely unjustified,” says Parkland Research Director Diana Gibson.

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Tagged with: healthcare | spending cuts
For Immediate Release | April 19, 2009

Instead of cuts, Liepert should increase health spending

Delisting services boosts costs for businesses, consumers; threatens economy

Alberta Health Minister Ron Liepert has been very economical with the truth on the health-care budget. He picked one of the few lines in the budget that is up, while the overall budget for Health and Wellness has actually been cut. While nations around the world are increasing spending to counter the recession, Alberta is cutting. As part of its stimulus plan, China announced it would spend $123 billion by 2011 to establish universal health care for the country’s 1.3 billion people, on the premise that spending would put more money directly in Chinese consumers’ pockets. Even the United States, so infamous for its poor health care, has anted up for increased health spending this year.

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Tagged with: economics | healthcare | stimulus
For Immediate Release | September 18, 2008

Aging Boomers Will Not Cause Crisis in Health Care Affordability

New Report Calls on Alberta to Improve Services for Seniors Today

Alberta’s aging baby boomers will not make public health care unaffordable or unsustainable. This is the key finding of a report released today by the University of Alberta’s Parkland Institute.

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Tagged with: healthcare | seniors

 

 
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