A first-of-its-kind pharmacy funding framework that has successfully reduced government’s health-care costs will be extended for another two years.
More than 8,700 seniors are saving more than $100 a year thanks to the agreement, and that will continue for another two years. In some cases, an individual with significant prescription costs is saving more than $500 a year.
Pharmacists play a key role in primary health care, not only in meeting the needs of patients but also in helping manage health resources wisely.
Government will continue to work with the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association and Alberta Blue Cross to monitor expenses and ensure budget targets are met.
The province is investing in a new facility to replace the oldest lodge in Alberta so that Red Deer seniors can remain in their community, close to their loved ones.
A new continuing care facility is moving forward for families and residents in Lethbridge and surrounding areas.
The 100-unit facility is being built by Covenant Health and will include a mix of designated supportive living spaces, including units with supports for people with dementia. Clients will live in home-like suites and have access to supports and services that meet their changing health needs as they age.
The new Wildwood facility increases affordable housing options in Calgary with homes for 48 individuals and families.
Seniors and Housing Minister Lori Sigurdson participated in a grand opening ceremony and facility tour to celebrate the official opening of Wildwood affordable housing.
The province provided a $10.9-million grant to construct the new complex, which includes sustainability features such as high-efficiency windows, water heaters and Energy Star label appliances that reduce energy consumption and operational costs.