Ralph Klein saves Public Healthcare
Now, I never thought I'd be writing that headline, but its true.
As reported elsewhere, a pilot project in Calgary is recieving kudos and cheers from all quarters. From the stories, it appears that this project, which will run until April 2006, followed many of the suggestions made by a recent study from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
How did they do it? Well, by re-organizing and streamlining the system, to allow for better management of patient care and access to services, using better case mangagement techniques, doubling up on operating room availabitlity and by sinking an extra $20 Million into the project.
"The province provided funding to support an additional 1,200 hip and knee surgeries during the project. As of November 23, 277 replacements have been completed in Edmonton’s Capital Health Region and 180 replacements have been completed in Calgary." Edmonton Journal.
That means that the $20 Million breaks down to between $16,666 and $43,763 of ADDITIONAL money per operation (over and above what the would ordinarily be spent).
In other words, more investment and better organization fixed this.
This is not lost on the Alberta Government either.
"In January, Alberta Premier Ralph Klein first announced his "third way" health care plan for the province. It would allow patients to pay for upgrades to their health care if they could afford to
Alberta Health Minister Iris Evans said the pilot project is not a step towards that plan, it's just a more efficient way of delivering health care.
"I think the first commandment that this system functions under is a strong public system," Evans said. She touted the project as a success for Alberta health care. " From CTV News. [emphasis mine]
Thanks Ralph. And good job Alberta.