Red Deer has not only lost various medical specialists but even family doctors are in short supply as this city has among the longest patient waits at walk-in clinics in the province.
Red Deer doctors are warning patient care is at risk as hospital staffing shortages deepen and sick people continue to be sent out of the region for care.
“Scary and stressful.” Health workers at the Edmonton Remand Centre (ERC) say a decision to remove on-site paramedics will compromise emergency care and put inmates at risk in Canada’s largest jail.
The UCP has cut Alberta's Insulin Pump Therapy Program so anyone who doesn't qualify for low-income status and is without private or employer insurance will have to buy coverage from Blue Cross.
The UCP government is funding 25 per cent more privately-run surgical facilities for cataract surgeries, this comes from a $133-million surgical privatization program announced in its recent budget.
The UCP plan to privatize labs has created unnecessary upheaval to the AHS system. The delay is troubling but Albertans should be more concerned about the move toward a for-profit lab system.
The most important step in stopping physicians from leaving Alberta would be to negotiate a new agreement with doctors after the UCP government scrapped the previous compensation agreement in 2019.
Directed by the UCP, Alberta Health Services is proposing up to 10 per cent in wage reductions for some health-care professionals including respiratory therapists, social workers and pharmacists.
“We don’t have enough resources in the Edmonton, Calgary, and Medicine Hat areas to respond to the average daily impacts that we see.”
"The budget doesn't even come close to what is needed to get this system just to a level that is sustainable." The money comes following a year of a record number of ambulance red alerts.