Premier hints it’s an option
Premier Ed Stelmach is hinting that Alberta healthcare premiums could soon be history as the Tory budget is put together over the coming weeks.
Possibly floating an election balloon, Stelmach told reporters that abolishing healthcare premiums will be an option discussed when his caucus meets for budget deliberations later this month.
The province has escalating infrastructure costs and a labour shortage in critical areas of the health field, he said, but caucus will look at a variety of ways to reduce the cost burden on families in the upcoming budget.
"We’re always looking at how we can support families, because, as I said before — a few weeks ago — I’m committed to looking after families that are raising children today in a cost environment that’s, of course, going up," he said.