Question 1: Strengthening a publicly-funded healthcare system
According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), Alberta spends more on healthcare than any of the other provinces and territories. This is projected to increase due to the aging population in the province. Concerns have been voiced on the sustainability of healthcare spending, and parties are responding with best approaches to ensuring Albertans receive affordable, accessible, timely and quality care.
? If elected, what steps will your government take to strengthen the publicly-funded healthcare system in Alberta?
The Alberta Liberals are running on a robust platform to improve public health in Alberta. Our healthcare strategy is to spend smartly and invest in areas that will drive down long term costs.
Highlights of our plan include:
? $100 million annually for Preventative Care
? $250 million over 4 years for Long-Term Care, Home Care and Assisted Living.
? $600 million annually for for Mental Health and Addictions.
? An EMS strategy to reach a target of 15 minute hallway wait times for EMS Workers.
? An overdose strategy founded on the four pillars strategy.
Question 2: National pharmacare
Canada’s universal healthcare system does not include access to prescription medicines. The result is a provincial/territorial patchwork of public and private insurance plans that are costly, ineffective and do not guarantee access to prescribed drugs. The federal government has set up an Advisory Council on the Implementation of Pharmacare to look at how access to prescription drugs can be improved in our healthcare system. Patients throughout Canada are concerned that national pharmacare will lead to a list of covered drugs that only meets the lowest common denominator.
? If elected, will your government support the implementation of a national pharmacare program that guarantees access to prescription medicines and a coverage plan that goes beyond a formulary that meets the lowest common denominator?
? If not, please explain how your party will ensure that Albertans will have timely access to prescription drugs.
Our party absolutely supports a national pharmacare program. We understand that it is not only crucial to providing all Albertans coverage but to reduce the overall costs of drugs. We will make it a priority of our discussions and negotiations with the Federal Government to see a national program implemented.
? Will your government consult Albertan patients, survivors and caregivers on how to move forward with national pharmacare?
Yes. We will consult in order to determine the best ways to move forward with implementing a national pharmacare plan.
Question 3: Access to cancer rehabilitation services
Surviving cancer can leave a host of problems in its wake. Physical, emotional, and financial hardships often persist for years after diagnosis and treatment. While advances in cancer detection and treatments have reduced mortality, persistent and late effects of cancer and its treatments need to be identified and managed lifelong, with rehabilitation programs filling a gap in survivorship care and responding to the need of some survivors for more specialized physical and mental recovery care.
? If elected to government, how will you ensure that cancer survivors have timely access to rehabilitation services in Alberta that are timely and free?
We will commit to providing the needed funding and resources to ensure survivors have access to rehabilitation services.
? If elected as an MLA, would you be interested in serving on the Canadian Cancer Survivor Network’s All-party Cancer Caucus which meets twice a year and is currently studying gaps in rehabilitation services in Alberta and how to fill them?
We would be happy for any of our MLAs to serve on the All-Party Cancer Caucus. Improving healthcare is a priority for me and my party and I am eager to contribute to solutions however I can.