Alberta Party leader would build hospitals, shorten wait times, improve service

Stephen Mandel says a government led by him would build hospitals, shorten wait times

Alberta Party Leader Stephen Mandel says a government led by him would build hospitals, shorten wait times and provide predictable funding for public health care.

Mandel says his government would go ahead with new facilities in Edmonton and Grande Prairie, an expansion at the Red Deer Hospital and finish construction of the new Calgary Cancer Centre.

More non-acute care beds outside hospitals, improved home care options and new care clinics to take the load off emergency rooms would all be part of the Alberta Party plan.

The leader says his government would review all existing health infrastructure, and develop a long-term plan to address what he calls underfunded maintenance and a need to modernize.

Mandel, who was health minister under the last Progressive Conservative government, is running in Tuesday’s election for the first time as Alberta Party leader.

He says the province’s health care is already there for people when they need it most, but that comes with a cost to government.

“Health care is a huge cost, and important, as we have an aging and increasingly complex society,” Mandel said in a release Friday.

“We need to plan and be strategic now, so that every dollar we put into the system goes where it’s needed, helping Albertans get better, stay healthy and have quality of life.”

The Canadian Press

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