Alberta wants to overhaul its health laws — including redefining public care — but Health Minister Ron Liepert stresses the move is not a stalking horse to introduce more privatization.

Liepert has announced a 16-member panel of politicians, advocates, academics and health leaders that has three months to review the system. He says the goal is to update laws that are in some cases a century old while refocusing health care on patients and not process.

The public will have its say through an interactive website and findings will be publicized after Liepert receives them in November.

Hugh Macdonald, health critic for the opposition Liberals, said the committee isn’t necessary because the government already has scores of advisers.

He called the new panel a short-term shield that Premier Ed Stelmach’s Tories will use to deflect responsibility for long waiting lists and other health-care woes.