Alberta Diary: 70-plus AHS VPs over the side: Alberta doesn’t reinvent the health care system – sort of…

Another visually riveting moment in the history of Alberta Health Services – from left to right, CEO Chris Eagle, Health Minister Fred Horne and just-appointed Deputy Health Minister Janet Davidson at yesterday’s news conference in Edmonton, exactly as illustrated. Below: NDP Leader Brian Mason speaks for the opposition; new AHS Administrator Dr. John Cowell. Methinks ...

Defending Public Healthcare: English reforms lose their appeal in Ontario?

England has had a disproportionate impact on health care reform in Ontario over the last decade or so –under both Liberal and Progressive Conservative governments.   After the election of a Conservative-Liberal Democrat government in Britain in 2010, English health policy took a decided turn towards bonzo-privatization.  As elsewhere, the electorate were only informed after the ...

Defending Public Healthcare: PCs swear they’ll get restructuring right this time

The new Progressive Conservative policy paper, Paths to Prosperity: Patient-Centred Healthcare, isn’t just another far right rant like we’ve heard from Tim Hudak in recent weeks. It does make a few reasonable points: · The Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) lack expertise and provide little value · The health care ‘system’ isn’t so much a system ...