Alberta regions get $150 million for
EDMONTON – The Alberta government is allocating $262
million in additional health funding for the 2006-07 Health and Wellness
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’
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.