Alberta Liberal David Khan announces the bold new Alberta Liberal Strategy for Mental Health and Addictions.
Khan stated, “The Alberta Liberals will increase funding by 50% for mental health and addictions treatment. We will invest more than $600 million to give Albertans the care they need. We will walk the talk on one of the most important issues facing all Alberta.
“We know tens of thousands of Albertans do not have adequate mental health care. This is significantly damaging our economy, creating huge downstream healthcare costs, increasing crime and straining our justice system.
“Alberta Liberals will increase spending to 9% from 6% on mental health and addictions. We will invest $150 million in new spending immediately. We will redirect $450 million in spending over 4 years. This will make a significant improvement.
“We will use the Valuing Mental Health Report chaired by Alberta Liberal MLA Dr. David Swann to improve and expand access to mental health services. The NDP Government shelved this important document without enacting its recommendations. That is shameful. We will put these crucial recommendations into action.
Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan announces the Alberta Liberal Affordable Dental Care Platform.
Khan stated, “Alberta Liberals will make dental care more affordable and accessible for all Albertans. Albertans are paying the highest dental prices in Canada. We will bring prices down for all Albertans.
“We will lower prices for Albertans by making the dental market more competitive. We will direct the Alberta Dental Association and College allow dentists greater freedom to advertise their services. We will also lift restrictions on dentists being able to offer promotions or special pricing for groups such as seniors or children. We will require dentists to discuss prices up front and publicly list their standard prices in comparison to the Dental Fee Guide.
“These consumer-friendly changes will drive prices down. We will also make the Dental Fee Guide mandatory for essential dental services.
“We will improve access to dental services for children and low-income Albertans with a $50 million funding increase to affordable, community-based dental care.
“We will pressure the Federal Government to fund a universal essential dental care program. This will be achieved by working to build consensus among the provinces for this program.
“Alberta Liberals take oral health seriously. All Albertans deserves accessible and affordable dental care. We will make it happen to make lives better.”
Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan announces the Alberta Liberal Sustainable Healthcare Strategy.
Khan stated, “Alberta Liberals will improve Healthcare services with a bold new Sustainable Healthcare Strategy. We will target continuing and preventative care to drive down skyrocketing costs. The Alberta Liberal plan will not spend more. It will spend more smartly. Albertans will receive better services.
“Our continuing care plan includes a commitment to build 2,200 new long-term beds over the next 4 years. Non-profit, faith-based and private companies are currently able to build these beds for half the cost. We will take advantage of this opportunity to save Albertans money.
“We will also invest another $150 million over the same period into homecare and assisted living. Many Albertans would be better served by long-term and homecare instead of taking up acute care beds. Both are significantly less costly. Albertans will see the immediate benefits.
“We will focus on a proactive healthcare strategy. This includes boosting community care. We will also redirect patients and resources into long-term care and homecare. More acute care spaces will be freed up for priority patients.