Speak Up For Alberta’s Public Health Care

Health care workers have been keeping our public health care system working every day for Albertans.

But after a pandemic, provincial funding cuts, and hits to workers’ wages, the UCP’s privatization agenda is putting our system at risk again.

The UCP is prioritizing profits over patients and health care workers, pulling resources out of our public system to pay corporate investors.

We’re going to stop them.

Speak Up For Alberta’s Public Health Care

Health care workers have been keeping our public health care system working every day for Albertans.

But after a pandemic, provincial funding cuts, and hits to workers’ wages, the UCP’s privatization agenda is putting our system at risk again.

The UCP is prioritizing profits over patients and health care workers, pulling resources out of our public system to pay corporate investors.

We’re going to stop them.

Make an impact with your story

Share your story of how our public health care system impacted your life. Your stories will show how important it is for all Albertans to have strong, quality public health care.

See what public health care means to other Albertans across the province.

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Georgia

Calgary

I am a retired nurse practitioner. I think privatization of health care would be expensive, chaotic and people will fall through the cracks. Hats off to all health care professionals and support staff who have worked tirelessly through the pandemic. Jason Kenny take heed you are ruining Alberta health care.

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Terry

Edmonton

I'm a four time cancer survivor. (Three times non-Hodgkin Lymphoma & once colorectal.) Without the AHS & especially the Cross Cancer Institute, I wouldn't be alive. Our public health system needs to be protected from reckless politicians.

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Jordi

Calgary

As a Type 1 Diabetic with not always reliable income, I'm forever grateful to live in a country that values health care, and to public health care professionals. I fully support those values and policies, and all the members of the medical teams that support us, even when I do fall into a higher tax bracket. Health is not for sale! Everyone should have equal opportunity to care.

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Christina

Edmonton

I was diagnosed with Stage Four cancer seven years ago, without public health care I would not be receiving the life-saving medicines that keeps me alive. I am given IV therapy every three weeks and have completed 134 treatments. I am grateful for the support and good care I receive by nurses and doctors.

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Code

Cherry Grove

I and wife: Ovarian cancer diagnosis, tests, operation, home, all in less than four weeks, then chemo, total cost $16 for anti nausea. 3 hips, 2 broken joints, appendix gall bladder removed, cataracts. Nose polyps removed which ended 40 years of headaches. Raised 2 active sons with the usual assortment of bones & infections. In 3 provinces over 40 years. I had usual childhood diseases in 1950s, but younger brother almost died several times from them as parents could not afford doctor visits. Scary.

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Shaun

Calgary

I cannot say enough about the outstanding care I received for both of my hip replacement surgeries at the South Campus Hospital in Calgary. From my surgeon and anesthesiologist to the nurses and nursing aides to the porters who wheeled me around to the physiotherapists who walked with me and my walker, I was in amazing hands throughout my stay. It breaks my heart that these amazing professionals are put under such careless strain by any conservative government, UCP or otherwise, for whom "public good" has become a four-letter word. We will lose these quality professionals, as has happened in the past to other, wiser jurisdictions who better recognize what a treasure they are. Hopefully, it will not come to that in the end.

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Karen

Edmonton

A family member had a serious bicycle accident when he was visiting friends out of town. He ended up going to hospital by ambulance and once at the hospital, he was seen by specialists and diagnostic procedures were completed. When I arrived, I was so grateful to see how well he was being taken care of. When he was released from the hospital, we were contacted by the specialists he needed to see for follow up care. I am very grateful that the healthcare system was there when we needed it. The hospital was busy but, the staff ensured we were kept informed every step of the way.

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Carrie

Ranfurly

After working at the University of Alberta for 22-1/2 years, I was let go in March 2021. This was not anticipated and came with very little notice. I had a call/zoom meeting in the morning and by noon was unemployed. I was dumbfounded and went into a deep depression. I knew there were funding cuts, but thought my position would remain safe as I was employed for so long. The funding cuts are too drastic and no one is safe. I was completely devastated and it took a toll on my health. To ask the health care system and universities to make such drastic cuts is ridiculous. Patients and employees mean nothing. We are just a number and nobody cares.

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Jane

Edmonton

Recently had to take a trip via ambulance to the Stollery hospital. I could not believe the amount of families, the wait time was 9 hours long. We left by 6 hours in as my child was feeling a bit better. The triage nurse was so helpful and was able to give him some medication such as advil to comfort him. There are not enough beds due to budget. Terrible shame but nurses and doctors continue to care for people.

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Candice

Edmonton

I had two surgeries last year for kidney stones. The first one was a shockwave treatment and it was my first surgery ever at 37 years old. I was absolutely terrified of going under general anesthesia and was crying before the procedure and a nurse came over to find out what was wrong. She explained that for this specific procedure I'd only need to be under twilight sedation, meaning I'd still be awake and could talk if needed. She was so kind and reassuring and I felt so much better. Nurses are amazing!

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Justin

Red Deer

Currently working in a front line role and I have never seen the system as bad as it is today. I am deeply concerned about the fact that many citizens in the area we serve truly do not know the risks we face on a daily basis in terms of ambulance coverage. 14 ambulances waiting in a parking lot means we are short on the road..... how does this shortfall get corrected? Rural areas already in short supply are brought in..... We are chasing our tails instead of immediate action being done. Your paramedics are trying their best... but very soon you may not have us as many are feeling the effects and are burning out!

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Jim

Red Deer

My 102 year old mother suffered a stroke in the middle of May at her home. The EMS took her by ambulance to the RDRH emergency. She waited in the ambulance for 5 hours, while we waited in our car, for her to be admitted to emergency in the hospital. No beds. No nurses. Understaffed. Overloaded beyond its capacity. Ridiculous situation. [...] The UCP, however, remain interested in making sure they control public school curriculum, their professional union, keeping public servants' wages low, throwing away $2.5 billion at a pipeline that wasn't built, $80 million on an Energy Centre that doesn't work, $4.5 billion on a stupid public pension fund gamble . Not their money!!

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Sharon

Edmonton

When I was a baby I would have died had it not been for public health care here in Edmonton. As it is I did clinically die but was revived. Due to dehydration. If you privatize Healthcare many people will die ... not just Jason Kenny's dumb dad.

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Janet

Edmonton

I had an operation done in March 2022. I was put on blood thinners which are very expensive. I’m a senior on Government of Alberta Blue Cross Seniors drug program. This government has been cutting off medications and won’t cover them. They do things on the backs of our healthcare. No care for any of us.

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Russell

Calgary

During a time where my parents were struggling with major life decisions and transitions, one of my brothers became sick because of a kidney stone. Thanks to the public sector, I still have a brother and my parents aren’t in horrible debt.

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Loretta

Medicine Hat

Some of my medications are no longer covered. Staff are overworked when family was in the hospital the staff were exhausted from being overworked. My husband’s surgery delayed. Seniors can’t afford private clinics.

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Kelly

Medicine Hat

After my late husband was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer, he frequently got pneumonia. The hospital did everything they could to keep him with us for as long as they could. When he was too sick to go home for Thanksgiving, the hospital cafeteria opened up just for us to have our family Thanksgiving dinner there for free. We brought our own food, they provided all the dishes and silverware we needed. It was his last Thanksgiving feast, a great time was had by all.

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Chad

Edmonton

I was hit by a car crossing at a crosswalk and was brought to the U of A Emergency by EMS. All around, the staff were incredible. From the paramedics that took care to even pick up the AirPod that flew out of my ear and stayed by my side while waiting for triage to the ER nurse that was so gentle with the IV (I don't do well with needles!) that I didn't feel it. I was fully expecting to receive a bill in the mail for the ambulance ride but one never came. This is what is so important - to keep healthcare public and barrier free for everyone.

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Curtis

Medicine Hat

My father went through years of mental health challenges and addiction to pain medication triggered by a permanent injury from a workplace accident. The medical professionals and programs staff he saw treated him like human, not a transaction or a burden. I advocated for him and they listened. Health care is about humans, not business or profits.

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Beth

Edmonton

I broke my leg in a motor vehicle accident. I spent 4 days in hospital and had my leg surgically repaired. Because I was bedridden (immobilised from hip to toe until post surgery), I was entirely at the mercy of staff, even to go to the toilet. The nursing staff was amazingly compassionate while I was so vulnerable. I was assigned a social worker and an occupational therapists who ensured I knew how to use the crutches and that I got all the necessary tools for my recovery. I was put on an intensive multi-month physio plan until I was fully healed up and ready to go back to my physical job. I had publicly-funded vehicle insurance and they covered all of this plus a wage replacement that meant I could still pay my bills.

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Joe

Calgary

I tore my calf muscle badly a few years ago. The emergency staff did an amazing job explaining to me what happened, how it happened and what I needed to have a full proper recovery. I was provided an ultrasound in short order to see how bad the injury really was. I recovered fully and could not be prouder of our Public Health Care professionals in Canada and to live in a country where everyone has the same access to excellent, timely services regardless of their wallet size.

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Jocelyn

Edmonton

The birth of my second child didn’t go as planned. I got scared and suddenly felt like I couldn’t do it. The team of nurses, the midwife and other medical and support staff never let me feel alone for even one second. They were my strength when I felt like I had none. They had my back 100% of the way. They were my team. The physical, medical and emotional support they gave me that day brought a beautiful life safely into the world. I get tears thinking about them.

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