Friday’s letters: Parks a legacy for future generations

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If you are as concerned as I am, please write or talk to your MLA, or to Jason Nixon, minister of the Environment and Parks, or add your name to a petition on this matter.

Rosemary Neaves, Athabasca

Health more than services, care

In the Journal on July 28, Minister Tyler Shandro states he is “not content with an increasingly expensive health-care system that does not result in better services for Albertans.” AMA president Christine Molnar says that “Our priority is, and always will be, your care.”

I suggest that Minister Shandro also speak about better health outcomes for Albertans, not just better services. And that president Molnar also speak about patient/citizen outcomes and not just care.

Without Albertans (who are sometimes patients) there is no need for a care or service system. What health outcomes matter to Albertans (all of us, not just those on a waiting list for surgery)? In a recent workshop, co-hosted by IMAGINE Citizens Collaborating for Health, a diverse group of Albertans described outcomes that matter to them. They were: a proactive system that helps people from needing care; quality of life (as defined by the person); person-centred care that is safe and effective and equity.

Perhaps additional questions we should be discussing are: Are we getting value for our investment in health-care “services”? Are Albertans achieving the health outcomes they desire?

Judy Birdsell, chair, IMAGINE Citizens Collaborating for Health

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