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We’re creating regional advisory councils and an Indigenous Advisory Council, which will provide a way for you to share your perspectives on how to improve health care in your community.

Council members will explore potential solutions to local challenges and look for opportunities to better support local decision-making.

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What will a refocused health care system mean for you?

Right now, the system gets in the way of health care delivery. It is complex and uncoordinated, resulting in unacceptable wait times, service disruptions and problems accessing primary care like family doctors.

What a refocused system means for you:

  • Timely access to a health care practitioner 
  • Shorter wait times for surgery and at the ER
  • Consistent access to continuing care
  • Expanded access to mental health and addiction treatment

We need to get you the right care when and where you need it.

To do this, we’re refocusing health care to prioritize patients and empower frontline health care professionals. The first step is creating a unified health care system with 4 specialized provincial health agencies: primary care, acute care, continuing care and mental health and addiction.

Through this refocusing, we will create a more effective, unified health care system that supports Albertans for generations to come. 

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Primary Care
provincial health agency

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Acute Care
provincial health agency

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Continuing Care
provincial health agency

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Mental Health and Addiction
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The Alberta Association of Nurses is highly supportive of the bold steps the Government of Alberta is taking to refocus the health care system. These changes will help create better work environments for nurses and enable them to better provide care that meets the needs of Albertans.”

Kathy Howe, chief executive officer, Alberta Association of Nurses

What this means for your health care

Right now, you are not getting the best out of your health care system.

We're refocusing health care delivery by creating 4 provincial health agencies to oversee areas that you and health care workers have identified as most important. It will lead to reduced wait times, improved access to health care and better health outcomes long term.

No matter where you live in the province, we are working on solutions to address rural and urban health challenges.

This shift puts you first in every health care decision.

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What this means for you as a health care professional

You move mountains every day for your patients, residents and clients, and you deserve a health care system that supports you in delivering the highest quality health care.

We know Alberta’s health care professionals strive to provide the best care possible, but right now the system gets in the way because it’s too complex and uncoordinated.

These 4 provincial health agencies will better support you, prioritize your well-being and leverage your experiences to enhance health care for all Albertans.

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How we got here

Our learned experience from the previous regional system and the current consolidated structure, combined with feedback from engagements, led to this refocusing of the health care system into areas important to Albertans and health care workers.

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May 14, 2024

Setting the foundation for a refocused health system

Proposed legislation would support the refocusing of Alberta’s health care system to ensure Albertans get the care they need when and where they need it.

April 2, 2024

Refocusing health care: mental health and addiction

Alberta’s government is creating two new organizations that will support the development of the mental health and addiction system of care.

March 21, 2024

Working together to provide better health care

Alberta’s government is making progress on a refocused health care system by engaging with Albertans to ensure the system provides the right care, at the right place and the right time.