UCP leadership candidates promise health-care reform in Alberta

Two of the leadership candidates for Alberta’s United Conservatives say they will pursue more private-care options to fix a broken health-care system.

Jason Kenney says his father died waiting for care, adding that access to a long waiting list is not access to care.

Kenney, speaking at a leadership debate, says the province needs to pursue more private-care options along with reorganizing the system to get more resources to the front lines.

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Doug Schweitzer says the current system needs to decentralize authority, adding that hip and knee surgeries can be provided better at private clinics that would still be under the public-health funding system.

Brian Jean says his adult son died amid confusion and problems in the system and says a wholesale reorganization is needed to reduce the levels of management and improve service.

Jeff Callaway is also pushing for a reorganization, saying the system is flawed because it has been politicized and doesn’t always focus on outcomes.

Watch below: On Sept. 21, 2017, Mount Royal University associate professor of Policy Studies Lori Williams joined Global Calgary to discuss the first debate for UCP candidates vying for the leadership of the new party.


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