Alberta public healthcare
What, exactly, makes the government think it’s okay:
– For them to lie to the people they are supposed to be caring for and “representing” (what a joke);
– Break their word;
– Break the law with impunity (contracts with doctors, nurses, and teachers);
– Treat healthcare workers with disdain and disregard as though they are worthless (running smear campaigns against them at the same time);
– Expect said physicians, other healthcare workers, and educators to continue risking their lives during the current pandemic—all while attacking them verbally, intending to fire some of them, and cut remuneration for the rest;
– Make it impossible for physicians to continue practicing when their overhead equals or exceeds their income;
– Misrepresent doctor pay (and completely ignore the many unpaid hours they put in every week);
– Put the lives of Albertans at risk by cutting the quality of health care?
From a financial angle:
– Can the UCP not understand that two 10-minute visits for two separate medical issues costs more than a single visit with a complex modifier added? How is that a cost-saving measure?
– Can they not see that physicians are small business owners who are unable to continue their practice if overhead exceeds income (or if the net income is so low it’s too risky to continue operating)?
– How difficult is it to understand that no one wants to work for next to nothing? (Plus, if a physician is unable to work for even one day, he or she still needs to pay the overhead for that day.)
– What about the financial, time, and inconvenience cost to the elderly, for whom a visit to their doctor means two hours on the bus? (As though any compassionate doctor would insist on 10 minutes, only, and make them come back again for a second issue they needed to discuss)?
– What cuts have the premier and MLAs made to their own salaries?
From an ethical angle:
– Physicians, teachers, and nurses agreed to their government contracts in good faith, believing the government would keep its word.
– Albertans voted for the UCP in good faith, believing it would keep its word.
Albertans—indeed, all Canadians—believe we live in a democratic society. Current evidence says otherwise. The UCP is a dictatorship.
I can’t help but keep thinking, “Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
To the Albertans who voted UCP: when someone gives their word, does it matter? If they break their word, does it matter?
The UCP passes bill 21, giving them the right to unilaterally cancel their contract with doctors:
I’ve been sharing lots of things about upcoming healthcare changes but I want to lay it out a little more clearly. In…
The UCP has officially rammed through major changes to physician compensation (and what it means to all of us):
The UCP has officially rammed through major changes to physician compensation. Using the guise of sham ‘negotiations’…
Emergency room doctors speak up – UCP is putting the future of Albertans at risk:
(Edmonton Journal) Low fees for virtual visits could close clinics:
Doctors don’t feel valued (virtual fees, CTV news):
Summary of Government’s actions:
Borrowed words I completely agree with. Posting anonymously as there have been threats and harassment by government…
Physician’s open letter clearly states the effects of the UCP’s healthcare decisions.
(HealthCARE? That’s an ironic term.) This physician will be leaving Alberta—and explains why:
An open letter to my government, to my friends, and to fellow Albertans:I feel that even as this pandemic bears down…
Doctors no longer working in hospital due to contracts running out:
Today our hospital will be without a number of important doctors. Their contract ran out March 31 and the UCP decided…
ER nurse writes post after witnessing the effects of COVID-19 firsthand:
Post from front-line medical worker, whose father-in-law died from COVID-19:
Dear Friends,Yesterday my father-in-law passed away. He had COVID-19. He is one of the first people (maybe the…
(The New York Times) It’s Time to Talk About Death:
Social distancing chart:
Alberta Health Minister (Shandro) uses confidential information to call protesting doctors:
Sharing from Jann Arden:
Sharing from Jann Arden: If you've ever really wondered what kind of person you are, this precarious time in history…
And, on the lighter side, M*A*S*H…
I have sincerely believed for a long time that whatever issue life puts in front of us M*A*S*H had a solution. I had some pent up creative energy today, so I did this while you were all cleaning your closets and such…lol
Posted by Frank Vaccariello on Saturday, March 28, 2020