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.

Should we get another blog underway? Let me know your thoughts by e-mailing me at johnnyslow@gmail.com.

John Slow
January 1, 2007

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Low incomes working take beating under Health Care 

John Clark
14815 – 123 Ave
Edmonton, AB T5L 2Y7
June 16, 2005.

The Honorable Iris Evans,
Minister of Health,
107 Legislative Building
Edmonton, AB T5K 2B6


Dear Minister:

Your press release and meetings are centered on preventive measures to improve our overall cost on health care.

As I mentioned previously, Ralph’s un-sustainability coupled with loading the capital end of health care costs, new hospitals and machines while curtailing services by staffing budgets is in my mind a scam designed to turn the whole works over to private enterprise of Conservative choice at a one cent on the dollar fire sale.

Diabetes is a totally disabling disease if not treated properly. Alberta is very lacking compared to other jurisdictions in help for this unfortunate group of people. http://www.diabetes.ca/Section_Advocacy/adv_reportcard2001.asp - comparison of jurisdictions.

Notably the working poor drop through the care cracks as far as supplies are concerned. Many of these are parents with children, both parents working; unable to buy diabetes supplies; unable to get onto programs because they make too much money. In many cases unable to feed and care for their children properly because in trying to succeed they put themselves beyond assistance.

Can you not see your way clear to immediately fund the supplies required for all Diabetes patients in Alberta? In missing their injections because of financial predicament they hold the promise of millions being added to the health care costs down the road.

John Clark



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