Kenney's Bill 30 opens door to more private, for-profit healthcare in Alberta - 2020-07-09
The Alberta government has introduced a new bill that will make it easier to outsource public health services to private players, allowing them to offer medical services at a higher price.
The Bill is a result of a performance review of Alberta Health Services undertaken at the request of the government. The proposed changes will make it easier for new private clinics and surgical facilities to get approval and allow for-profit corporations to run clinics which critics warn could steal doctors away from the public health system.
According to Kenney, this move will reduce surgical wait times, but studies from more developing countries prove that privatization does not lead to that, only reducing wait times for those who are able to pay the higher cost. In fact, after privatized MRI services in 2016, Saskatchewan's MRI wait list doubled within just 3 years.