11/23/2011 06:27 EST | Updated 01/23/2012 05:12 EST

Alberta Health-Care Premiums: Alison Redford, Premier, Says Province Won't Bring Them Back

EDMONTON - Alberta Premier Alison Redford says her government won't bring back health-care premiums.

Redford says the fees that would cost about $1,000 per family a year are a non-starter.

Two cabinet ministers in charge of the government's purse strings raised the possibility earlier this week.

Doug Horner and Ron Liepert said they were not ruling out bringing back the premiums in a different form, although they wouldn't say what that might be.

The premiums, worth about a billion dollars a year to the provincial treasury, were phased out almost three years ago.

Redford says the government is pursuing all other avenues to balance the budget by 2013-14.