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Alberta near bottom in health-care ranking: report

Alberta dead last in wait times in new Frontier Centre health report.

A new report released by the Frontier Centre For Public Policy has found a “sizeable gap” between Alberta’s health-care system and that of top-performing Canadian provinces.

The independent organization’s 2010 Canada Health Consumer Index, released this morning, ranks Alberta in a tie for seventh out of the 10 provinces and dead-last in the wait times category.

“In the specific case of Alberta, for the eight indicators we looked at for wait times, there wasn’t one of them in which Alberta earned a score of good,” explained the study’s author Ben Eisen, who presented the report in Calgary Tuesday morning.

The report specifically pointed to Alberta wait times for cataract therapy, radiation therapy and specialist appointments as trouble areas.

Ontario’s health-care system topped all other provinces for the third straight year.

The Canada Health Consumer Index aims to measure provincial health-care systems from the consumer’s perspective, and assesses the extent to which each province currently meets the health-care needs of its residents.

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