Fire, aim... ready? Alberta's big bang approach to healthcare disintegration

Cam Donaldson*

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Alberta's abolition in 2008 of its health regions and the creation of Alberta Health Services (AHS) was a bold move, but the reasons for the change remain hazy. The stated goals were to "help make Alberta's ... system more effective and efficient" and to "provide equitable access to health services and long-term sustainability." Data show, however, that Alberta's health regions were already performing well on these goals relative to other provinces, and where changes have since occurred, they cannot necessarily be attributed to AHS.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-31
Number of pages10
JournalHealthcare Policy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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