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Huge cash boost for AHS

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  |  Posted: Saturday, Feb 15, 2014 06:00 am

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Alberta will receive an increase of slightly over one billion dollars in funding from the Canada Health Transfer program for 2014-15 (Edmonton Journal, Feb. 12) due to a new funding formula based on population in the province. Presumably this means the amount received in following fiscal years will be similarly increased over the amount anticipated under the old formula.

An essential area where a large portion of this new funding must be spent is on swiftly increasing the number beds in our long-term care facilities. At the present time hundreds of Albertans who should be in long term care are languishing in acute care facilities, thus blocking patients who should be admitted to the hospital and clogging up the emergency wards.

Long-term care beds cost much less than beds in active treatment hospitals. This is insane. We would not need more active treatment beds if there were enough long-term care beds. Active treatment hospitals cannot provide the type of care that can only be provided in long term care facilities (nursing homes).

Terry N. Champion, St. Albert


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