ALBERTA NEWS HEADLINES: HEALTHCARE SPOTLIGHT July 18, 2020

ROUNDUP OF ALBERTA HEALTHCARE NEWS

Inspired by Verna Milligan & Carol Wodak

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THE COLLECTION

UCP Decisions and Impacts 2019 – 2023
2BRIEF SUMMARY OF ALBERTA’S EXPERIENCE WITH FOR-PROFIT SURGICAL CLINIC: 2000 – 2010
Clouded vision on health
Consumer report raises questions about merits of privatization
Calling for healthy answers
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Despite the positive aspects, I have ongoing concerns related to the functionality of ABTraceTogether on Apple devices. We recognize the challenges AH has faced in this regard, since the safeguards required are out of its control.

Information and Privacy Commissioner Jill Clayton
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THE LEAD:

Jason Kenney is Chasing Doctors Out of Alberta With Legislation That Sabotages Public Healthcare

“They’re very intentionally underfunding the system … I think the point is actually to push doctors out”

Dr. Jillian Ratti, a family doctor based in Calgary

Is Jason Kenney’s government deliberately sabotaging public healthcare?

It’s starting to look that way after Kenney’s United Conservatives introduced its controversial Bill 30 this week, legislation that paves the way for healthcare to be increasingly delivered by private providers in the province.

Among the changes, Bill 30 allows the government to sign contracts directly with doctors and allows private companies to administer doctor’s clinics.

Doctors aren’t happy — the new changes come on the heels of Kenney’s government tearing up the province’s master agreement, remove the right to arbitration and override funding schemes.

recent survey by the Alberta Medical Association found 42% of doctors have said they are planning to leave the province and another 87% said they will have to make changes to their practices thanks to Kenney’s meddling in the healthcare system.

The AMA is warning of a “looming physician exodus” of doctors from the province. Medical Careers Global, an international jobs website for doctors, currently lists 180 job vacancies in Alberta, particularly in rural areas.

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