All par­ties should re­search on al­ter­na­tive health care

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Opinion -


Do not drink the NDP Kool-Aid. Ms. Not­ley would have you be­lieve the great­est threat to uni­ver­sal health care is the pri­va­ti­za­tion of se­lect ser­vices.

The re­al­ity is Bill 1 is the great­est threat. Al­berta cur­rently spends $2.4 mil­lion ev­ery hour, ev­ery day, on ser­vices that, ac­cord­ing to the most re­cent stats on both a na­tional and global level, are less than ideal. In fact, wait times for a va­ri­ety of re­fer­rals and surg­eries have grown.

Through­out the world sev­eral coun­tries, 27 to be ex­act, pro­vide uni­ver­sal care us­ing more ef­fi­cient mod­els.

Our mis­take lies in con­flat­ing uni­ver­sal health care with pub­lic health care.

If, as polls in­di­cate, Al­ber­tans truly be­lieve in care for all, it is in­cum­bent on all elec­torate and party can­di­dates to re­search al­ter­na­tive mod­els.

Re­act­ing to rhetoric and fear-mon­ger­ing does us all an in­jus­tice and threat­ens the health-care ideal we strive for. Bar­bara Paster­nak, Medicine Hat

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