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Time to be clear with voters on rural health care

Posted on April 15, 2020 by Taber Times

It’s 3 a.m.

It’s hard to believe that your and my government in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis is proceeding with plans to gut rural health care (under the guise of balanced budgets and funding more hip replacements). Are your rural voters clear that their rural health care will soon be not so rural?

What are your plans for the emergency department in Taber? What are your plans for the Taber Hospital? 

It’s time to be clear with your voters, or did you think that cutting incomes of rural physicians by 30 to 40 per cent would not have service implications?  Or…maybe that is the intent?

Not enough docs…oh….we have to close the rural ER (more money to do more hips in Lethbridge mentality). Do you want to live in Cardston or Taber without a staffed, competent ER in the middle of a not infrequent winter storm? That is where this is headed. Our innovative clinic in Taber will not be so innovative when it does not have physicians to run it, or to staff the local ER, for that matter.

Twenty-seven years of contributing to a great health care team in primary care, emergency and surgical services, and now what?  

I think it’s time for you to be clear about what kind of team you are working on. It appears to me that it is a very different one than the one I have been a part of.  


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