All are welcome to attend a Town Hall meeting on Seniors Supportive Living and Long Term Care hosted by the Edmonton Gold Bar Liberal Constituency Association.As our population ages, Alberta's supportive living and long term care facilities will face increasing pressure to provide quality, affordable care for our seniors. The current situation of insufficient spaces in these facilities has far reaching impacts on seniors in terms of where they may live, the ability to retain connections with friends and family, and the stress placed on other aspects of the health care system, notably acute care beds.This town hall will provide an opportunity for small and large group discussions on the issues, underlying causes and potential solutions.All are welcome and this event is free to attend, but please reserve your seat(s) online.Date: Saturday, February 8, 2014
Time: 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Location: South East Edmonton Seniors Association (SEESA) – 9350 82 Street
Who knew that Albertans had the option to purchase private insurance to receive preferential access to diagnostic testing and treatment? The issue was recently raised to me and yesterday, the Calgary Herald ran an excellent article from Dr. Paul Parks titled, All Albertans deserve timely access to health care. An exceprt of the editorial is as follows:
Unfortunately, the recent debate surrounding the existence of private MRI clinics has once again allowed the focus to be diverted from the critical issue at the heart of the matter: that the medical queues in Alberta are routinely inordinate, untenable and unsafe… I would strongly argue that we should hold the government accountable to improve health care access for all Albertans. Albertans deserve equitable access to a robust public health-care system irrespective of one’s ability to pay.
I would encourage you to take the time to read the brief article; it’s long overdue for Albertans to be engaged in the debate on creeping privileged access on two-tiered health care.