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Budgets

Alberta regions get $150 million for medical equipment

EDMONTON – The Alberta government is allocating $262 million in additional health funding for the 2006-07 Health and Wellness budget.

Additional operating funding totaling $112 million will go to the nine Regional Health Authorities (RHAs) and the Alberta Cancer Board to address cost pressures and the impact of the licensed practical nurses’ mediated settlement.

In addition, funds totaling $150 million will be used by the RHAs and the Alberta Cancer Board for diagnostic/medical equipment.

While each RHA prioritizes their region’s equipment purchases, this funding will help improve overall access to new or replacement state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging, laboratory, medical and surgical equipment that can result in reduced wait times, earlier detection and more effective treatment outcomes.

“This supplementary funding will help ensure that Albertans continue enjoying the best health system in the country,” said Health and Wellness Minister Iris Evans. “The equipment funds will ensure that health authorities and the Cancer Board can replace aging medical equipment with new technologies and continue providing the best possible care for residents.”

The operating funding represents an additional two per cent budget increase, bringing the overall operating increase that the Health Authorities will receive this fiscal year to an average of eight per cent, or a total of over $6 billion.

 

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