The Alberta Tories are itching to launch an orgy of cost-cutting. Their oil is worth shit. Before long the bottom might just fall out of the bitumen markets. It's a question of when.
Alberta, the province that loves nothing better than to lecture the rest of the country, has never been able to manage its money whether boom or bust. As they say in that bumper sticker, give'em an oil boom and they'll just "piss it all away."
From physician pay to nurses’ duties and the role of hospitals, Alberta’s entire health system needs a complete overhaul, according to the MacKinnon panel.
In a frank conclusion, the panel wrote Alberta has “no choice but to bring spending on health in line with (other) provinces in order to balance the budget.”
“There are no quick fixes to curb increasing costs in health care. The system needs a major transformation,” it wrote.
The panel, headed by former Saskatchewan finance minister Janice MacKinnon, was tasked with examining the state of Alberta’s finances and proposing solutionsto what Finance Minister Travis Toews deems a “spending problem.”Cutting salaries for doctors and nurses is a terrific idea. Forcing the public to rely on 'for profit' health care is brilliant and, might I add, long overdue.
Besides, British Columbia has a few openings for new doctors and nurses. We'll take up your slack. I've already got one of your medical ex-pats and, all things being equal, our coastal paradise is a lot more appealing when looking for a place to practice medicine.