Alberta Plan to Hit Waiting Time Targets

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Sarah Peddie

Alberta is to become the first province in Canada to try and reach waiting time targets by the use of private healthcare facilities. 

The Alberta Government had announced on Tuesday that, to reduce surgical waiting times, a plan of funding 80,000 surgeries over the next four years as it increases agreements with private facilities. 

Health Minister Tyler Shandro said with this plan Alberta will have the best wait times in the whole of Canada after the province government promised the citizens better waiting times. 

This plan also includes expanded telephone and electronic advice programmes for primary care providers. This will help them receive more timely advice from medical and surgical specialists. 

Shandro commented on this and said: "This ambitious plan will mean Alberta will have the best wait-time performance in Canada. Our plan puts the needs of patients before ideology, relying on private and public partners to achieve fundamental system improvements."

However, this plan has come under fire from the opposition leader Rachel Notley as she accused the current government of putting in an “American-style” healthcare system. She also claimed that bringing in private facilities does not improve waiting times and this has been the case in the past. 

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