Category: HSAA in the News

Edm. Journal: UCP omnibus bill paves way for more alternative doctor contracts, private surgeries

This article was originally published by the Edmonton Journal on July 7, 2020. You can view the original article here. An omnibus bill introduced in the Alberta legislature Monday would make it easier for doctors to opt in to alternative contracts with the government and streamline the process for more private facilities to perform surgeries across the province. If passed, Bill 30, the Health Statutes Amendment Act would change nine pieces of legislation meant to “modernize”…

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660 News: ‘The kids will suffer’: Kenney government criticized for funding changes to schools

This article was originally published by 660 News on July 3, 2020. You can view the original article here. The Kenney government’s move to offload support services to school boards is being called an ‘all-out attack and a systematic privatization’ of our health care system. That from the head of the Health Sciences Association of Alberta, the union for hundreds of healthcare workers who deliver supports for children in Alberta schools. Association President Mike Parker says…

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CBC: Alberta Health Services plans to privatize community lab services

The following article was originally published by CBC News on June 29, 2020. You can view the original article here. Alberta Health Services intends to privatize all community labs across Alberta, despite new figures that suggest outsourcing could save far less money than originally estimated. It’s a move critics say puts timely patient care and a reliable laboratory system at risk at the worst possible time. “We have a system that’s working well,” said Mike Parker,…

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Edm. Journal: Program that provides speech-language, occupational therapy in schools ends Sept. 1, services to be the schools’ responsibility

The following article was originally published by the Edmonton Journal on June 27, 2020. You can view the original article here. In-school health services such as speech pathology and occupational therapy will be the responsibility of Alberta school districts as of Sept. 1. The Regional Collaborative Service Delivery (RCSD) program, which is funded primarily through Alberta Health Services and also offers services like physical therapy, mental health therapy and consultations for students who are blind, deaf…

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