By Jack Mintz, November 29, 2022
Last week, Alberta Minister of Health Jason Copping dismissed me and other members of the board of Alberta Health Services, the provincial health agency tasked with delivering health services to Albertans. I am OK with that. We knew we weren’t being fired for doing a bad job. Quite the opposite.
The real problem is that AHS, an administrative body, cannot fix problems on its own. That often requires policy changes, which are the responsibility of Alberta Health, the government department where Mr. Copping is minister. It sets policy, legislation and standards for the province’s health system.
The government’s decision to shift from a part-time board to a full-time administrator reporting to the premier and minister of health provides a golden opportunity for significant reform to deal with current stresses in the health care system.