Alberta Politics: Never mind the evidence! Full speed ahead! An expert unpacks Alberta’s unending experiment in health care staffing

PHOTOS: Nursing professional responsibility advisor Joshua Bergman addresses UNA’s annual general meeting in Edmonton Wednesday (Dave Cournoyer photo). Below: Conservative premier Ralph Klein, whose government began the province’s long experiment in health care staffing mixes as part of an ideologically motivated attack on social programs. For nigh on 20 years,

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Susan on the Soapbox: How a “Fiscally Conservative” Government Facing a $20 Billion Debt Delivers on its Promises

“Tonight, we begin the work of advancing and protecting sound, conservative fiscal principles.” —Future Premier Jim Prentice, victory speech, Sept 6, 2014 It hasn’t escaped Ms Soapbox’s notice that the party that bills itself as fiscally conservative has us on track for a $20 billion infrastructure debt—at a time when

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Susan on the Soapbox: Consultation 0005: Greater Transparency or Interfering with a Doctor’s “Right” to Get Rich?

 Do doctors have the “democratic” right to charge whatever the market will bear for “uninsured” medical services?  Or do the principles of universality and accessibility under the Canada Health Act still apply to the practice of medicine in Alberta? Apparently some physicians feel they’re underpaid (join the club) and want

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