Alberta Health Care

Alberta Poiltics: Bananas Over Bed-blockers

Kent Hehr | Posted 01.03.2015 | Canada Alberta
Kent Hehr

The reason that these acute care beds are filled is because we have not funded long term beds in Alberta. The long term policies have given rise to these systemic crises. Between the privatization of home and long-term care, the province's avoidance of fixing its broken fiscal structure and the lack of a long-term vision for long-term care, the problem is less with the people in the beds and more with the people who long term policy of this government.

Mandel Slammed In Edmonton-Whitemud Debate

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.22.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Alberta Health Minister Stephen Mandel caught an earful Wednesday from rival candidates over allowing boutique health-care clinics to opera...

How Prentice Plans To Put An End To Overcrowded Hospitals

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.14.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Alberta Premier Jim Prentice says the province is embarking on a new plan to get 700 seniors out of overcrowded hospitals and into proper c...

Province To Review Rural Health Care

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.23.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Alberta Premier Jim Prentice ordered a sweeping review Tuesday to fix concerns in rural health care, but opposition members accused him of ...

Alberta Hospitals Gets Average Results Despite Highest Spending

The Calgary Herald | Posted 09.19.2014 | Canada Alberta

Alberta is by far the biggest spender in the country on hospital care, yet the provincial health system is producing only middling results, a new heal...

Health Care Wait Times in Alberta Improving

Don Dick | Posted 10.01.2014 | Canada Alberta
Don Dick

Alberta is building a culture of continuous improvement in health care. This culture is founded on more and better data, innovative thinking, an extraordinary effort to share information, and unprecedented action on the front lines. Wait time reports cards need to examine performance at this level, and Canadians should have this kind of information to grade their health system.

Have An Issue With Continuing Care? AHS Wants To Help

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.24.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - People with unresolved issues over continuing care in Alberta will soon be able to voice their concerns to health-care specialists.Starting...

New AHS CEO No Stranger To Cleaning Up Scandals

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.14.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - The woman who led Newfoundland's largest health authority as it attempted to recover from a major breast-cancer testing scandal has been na...

Barred Families Threaten Legal Action

CBC | Posted 04.29.2014 | Canada Alberta

People who say they are being prevented from visiting family members at long-term care facilities in Alberta, but not told why, are asking the govern...

Families Banned From Checking On Loved Ones In Care

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.29.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Family members of some long-term care patients in Alberta say managers have barred them from seeing their loved ones.Several people spoke o...

Good News For Calgary's Tiniest Patients

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.29.2013 | Canada Alberta

CALGARY - Calgary is getting a special, new ambulance to transport its tiniest patients.The neonatal intensive care unit vehicle will be able to trans...

Taxpayers Billed For Cancer Care

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.16.2013 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Calling the situation "offensive," Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne said Tuesday there is no way to recoup more than $7,000 in public fun...

Did Former Health Exec Expense U.S. Medical Treatments?

CP | Chris Purdy, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.15.2013 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - The Alberta government says there's no clear proof that a former health executive billed taxpayers for medical treatment at the Mayo Clinic...

How Much Is Your Doctor Getting Paid?

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 04.14.2013 | Canada Alberta

It's been a rough couple of months for Alberta's health care community. A lean 2013 provincial budget means no money for doctor wage increases, nur...

Wanna Skype, Doc?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.21.2013 | Canada Alberta

More Albertans are meeting with doctors through video conferencing. The technology, which allows patients to see, hear and speak with their health-...

Arbitration Prescription Is Not The Cure

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.15.2013 | Canada Alberta

CALGARY - Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne says he sees no point in sending the ongoing fee dispute with physicians to arbitration.A facilitator wor...

Rare, Dangerous Body Lice Outbreak In Edmonton

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.16.2013 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - An infectious disease expert is speaking out about a rare outbreak of body lice in Edmonton.Dr. Stan Houston says the lice found on a patie...

Where Did All Of Alberta's Rural Doctors Go?

CBC | Posted 04.16.2013 | Canada Alberta

An estimated four million Canadians still don't have a family doctor — a shortage that continues to plague small towns in Alberta. Two ...

Health Execs Living Really Large On Taxpayers' Dime: AG

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.14.2013 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Alberta's auditor general says taxpayers have been paying for health bureaucrats to take $1,200 short-hop flights, shelling out up to $300 ...

How Satisfied Are Albertans With Their Health Care?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.24.2013 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - A survey suggests that two out of every three Albertans are happy with their health care, but they aren't getting bang for their buck.The H...

No Strike For Doctors

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.16.2013 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Alberta doctors have agreed they will not take strike action even if contract talks with the province fail.Hundreds of members of the Alber...

Alberta Doctors Outraged At This Guy

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.20.2013 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne says he will consider a request from doctors to go back to the bargaining table — but there's no extra...

Push For Private Health Care In Alberta

CP | Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.09.2012 | Canada Politics

CALGARY - Alberta's ban on private insurance for medically necessary services is being challenged by a group that says the law ensures a "virtual mono...

Wildrose To Cure Ailing Health Care System?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.14.2012 | Canada Politics

CALGARY - Alberta's Wildrose party says it will expand the scope of a judicial health inquiry to include allegations of doctor intimidation and queue ...

Alberta Health Services Board Chairman Resigns

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.27.2012 | Canada Politics

EDMONTON - The head of the board that runs Alberta's health-care system announced Wednesday he is stepping down to pursue other interests.But Ken Hugh...