ALBERTA NEWS HEADLINES July 18, 2020

ROUNDUP OF ALBERTA NEWS

Inspired by Verna Milligan & Carol Wodak

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

Commentary:

Danielle Smith’s column, July 10, 2020

This is not the first time that Ms. Smith has reviewed a major public policy issue through her ideological lens and reached an uncompromising black-and-white conclusion.

For the record: both Margaret Thatcher and Ralph Klein withdrew proposals for their respective health-care systems because strong public support for the current systems made it clear there would be a heavy price to pay at the ballot box.  Also, both leaders were eventually dethroned after internal revolts within their own political parties.

The suggested analogy with charter schools is not a good one.  People are able to make informed decisions about their or their dependents’ education well ahead of the event; a person with an acute medical condition does not have the same freedom of choice.

The probable outcome of piecemeal privatization of the health care system is a US-style system in which hospitalization results in six-digit invoices.  One would almost think that Mr. Shandro is trying to punish the Alberta system for performing above and beyond the call of duty throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Finally, let us not forget that Alberta has previously experimented with private surgical clinics.  It was not a success.  Greed and surgery are not comfortable bedmates.

John Wodak

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THE LEAD:

Alberta doctors reiterate calls for mandatory masking as COVID-19 cases surge

Group issued open letter to members of Calgary city council in advance of Monday meeting

In the wake of a surge of new COVID-19 cases in the province, a group of doctors is urging the City of Calgary to implement an immediate mandatory masking bylaw in the city.

“It baffles me that we’re at a state that this simple intervention that has been done in 129 countries and 25 U.S. states seems to have such incredible resistance here,” said Dr. Joe Vipond, an organizer with the Alberta chapter of the Masks4Canada advocacy group.

“Let’s be clear, it’s not resistance by the majority of the population.”

Alberta has now seen two straight days of triple-digit growth in COVID-19 cases with 120 new cases on Thursday and 105 on Friday. More than half of the active cases, 455, are of unknown origin.

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