Alberta doctors agreed to meet the government’s demand to cap physician spending at 4.57B. That offer has been sitting on Shandro’s desk for 19 days.
Why didn’t Shandro accept it or at least offer a counter proposal?
Alberta doctors launched an ad campaign Wednesday morning which directly addressed Health Minister Tyler Shandro, putting forward yet another offer.https://edmonton.citynews.ca/2020/07/15/alberta-doctors-put-forward-new-offer-to-government-take-yes-for-an-answer/
The Alberta government on Monday introduced two pieces of omnibus legislation containing sweeping changes that include ending a ban on using replacement workers during labour disputes and controlling...https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/alberta-omnibus-bills-1.5338632
Section 40.2 From Bill 21:
It was amended by Bill 30, which allows the government to sign contracts with private corporations to deliver healthcare to patients (section 20.1 of Bill 30).
But Bill 30 amended section 40.2, to PREVENT contracts between private corporations and government to be torn up.
Hidden in them are sections that refer to sections that refer to sections, etc. that allow private corporations to have better contracts than those offered to Alberta doctors.
Why didn’t Shandro accept it or at least offer a counter proposal? Why push forward with Bill 30 instead?
PRESIDENT'S LETTER: I have received a number of emails regarding Bill 30 and my President’s Letter from yesterday. Thank you for that feedback. It is unacceptable that the Alberta Medical Association...https://www.albertadoctors.org/services/media-publications/presidents-letter/pl-archive/no-consultation-with-ama-on-bill-30-dev
Is Shandro using the pandemic and failing economy under the UCP as a way to distract us from his ultimate plan all along?
One Tier for the Rich, who pay high taxes and want conservative policies that give them access to better, faster service.
So Bill 30 is the Trojan horse that will allow private corporations and private insurance companies to profit off Albertans taxes and illness.
So why attack doctors now, during a pandemic? If it’s cost-savings, why push Bill 30 instead of negotiate with Alberta doctors?
Because there is money to be made in private schools and private clinics. Because there is money to be made in school fees and insurance premiums.
“In the end, Klein's ambitions for massive health care reform were blunted by pushback from the federal government and the Alberta public” https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/opinion-doctors-heated-dispute-with-kenney-government-a-creature-of-politics-and-history-1.5652934
The dispute between the doctors and government is arguably less about compensation and more about power and influence in the healthcare systemhttps://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/opinion-doctors-heated-dispute-with-kenney-government-a-creature-of-politics-and-history-1.5652934
So government pays less for public services, while the rich could get better choice/access. And private health insurance and corporations could profit.
And Albertans pay more for less.