Ralph Klein has gone and it is time to retire Ralph's World. Thanks to all of you who have supported this venture by contributing material and through your comments. It has been fun.

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John Slow
January 1, 2007

Friday, June 10, 2005

Health Care-Destablize then take it over. 

John Clark
14815 - 123 Ave.,
Edmonton, AB T5L 2Y7
June 10, 2005.

Honorable Ralph Klein,
Room 307
Legislative Building,
Edmonton, AB T4K 2C6

Dear Premier:
Off and running again!
You seem to have one plan to execute over and over again. Destabilize, cause a crisis; put in your own personal fix. You can hardly wait for the flood figures to come in so you can make a natural disaster more appealing to the public and the media than your self made disasters.

When you checked into Rockyview Hospital with your last bout of whatever, you were whisked past a dozen people who had been waiting hours, going to your own room for immediate attention. Health Care must look good from your experience.

I would think a duration at the “Unheard Of” with still more libations would have served as well.

Health Care:
You made available to the University of Alberta 2 MRI machines. These cost 13-millions of dollars on the Health Care tab. Then, you restricted budgets so these same 2 machines could only run 8 hours a day on one machine and some infrequent days on the second machine. Limited service by short staffing! Presently, these machines are operating from 6:30 AM to 10:00 PM which is a 65% duty cycle!

Neat! Load the health care tab with large capital expense on one hand and limit access to the same machines to create lineup, desperation and overall dissatisfaction. Now, take the public airways and say private MRI is the only way to fly! Investigate and have removed any Journalist that will have the audacity to investigate your schemes. (Reference here Dan Hill – CBC Wild Rose program).

Really no different than your phony electrical program and the privatization of camp grounds! Rather than what is best for Albertans and the Alberta Advantage, you moved it to the level of “all the market can bear; Move it to the realm of political pay off.”

As of now, the University Hospital has 1 CT scan machine available 24 hours for hospital confined patients and 2 other CT machines available for out patient. These would operate between 6AM and 8PM for out patients. 58% utilization.

Line ups continue to grow but not long enough to put you in court again or fund staff.

At this point 1 CT is not in service because of water damage but, the second machine is still on its 58% duty cycle.

I have to wonder where you got the water from.

Your plan as I have come to see it is to further burden the health care system with expenses while curtailing services.

I suspect you will do this by up grading some of the prototypical hospitals; cash drain and building some new hospitals, Lougheed style. Then explain why it was necessary for you to turn this capital over to Jim Dinning, other “friends” or their holdings for operation on a lease basis, probably with an option to buy a 1 cent on the dollar like our power lines.

I’m sorry Ralph but your track record is there. How can we expect any different?

John Clark



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