Compliant government allowing health care crisis

I am an 86 year old senior who has been diagnosed with spinal stenosis.

Dear Editor,

I am an 86 year old senior who has been diagnosed with spinal stenosis. It is an excruciatingly painful affliction. I have had no success in controlling the pain medically. My doctor has recommended that I apply for surgery and I’ve requested that he proceed with making the necessary arrangements. However, the surgeon has advised him that the current waiting time for a consultation is from eight to ten months.

There has to be something terribly wrong with Alberta’s health care system when patients like me have to endure such a long painful waiting period.   Government authorities are fond of telling us that cuts have to be made in health care costs, and that our health care system is unsustainable.

Throughout the years I have been lobbying for a better oil revenue deal for Alberta, similar to that adopted by Norway. As things stand, money that should be available for health care is now being spent on luxury yachts, private jets, luxurious mansions, resort homes, valuable paintings, artifacts, etc., by private corporate CEO’s and directors, all because of a compliant government that is allowing this to happen.

William Dascavich,

Edmonton