Category Archives: Health


Health care policy and delivery cost Alberta taxpayers about $20 billion per year or roughly 40 per cent of the province’s operating budget. The NDP government has maintained funding in the system but now efforts are underway to identify ways of streamlining the system.

Alberta Revenue and Expenditure 1981-2013E_29097_image001A Primary Care Network Review by Alberta Health identified a number of troubles, some of which the Auditor General had noted in earlier reports. Of concern is the high ratio of physicians to health staff that weakens the rationale for multi-member teams.

Recent issues surfacing are the high costs of dental care in Alberta compared with neighbouring provinces. Oral hygiene is particularly important for children but general oral hygiene is a challenge for the working poor and marginalized groups. The Alberta Dental Association does not publish a fee schedule. Look for this issue to become more politicized. Another issue to be dealt with by the government will be doctor’s salaries, especially those of specialists.

Recent Articles

High hopes for High Prairie hospital26-6-17 EJ

New plan would use sharing of health data to spur innovation16-6-17 EJ

$40M Urologycentre offically opens at Kaye clinic15-6-17 EJ

Bold targets aim to improve social worker caselaods12-6-17 EJ

Lack of integration stifling health system, Saher says29-5-17 EJ

Auditor general finds fault with province’s $1.6B health data plan27-5-17 EJ

Misericordia Hospital emergency department revamp ‘just a start’4-4-17 EJ

Bid to cut doctor income gap puts focus on family physicians31-3-17 EJ


Alberta radiologists dominate doctor’s top-10 billing list6-7-16

Albertans head to B.C. for cheaper dental bills11-7-16 EJ

Care groups face censure5-7-16 EJ

Caring for our care6-7-16 EJ

Minister wants to get to root of dental woes11-7-16 EJ