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AHS announces cost-containment measures

February 5, 2015

EDMONTON – Alberta Health Services (AHS) announced today that it is following similar cost-containment measures as those being implemented by the Government of Alberta. AHS received direction from the Ministry of Health on Dec. 22, 2014, to implement cost restraints.

“As the organization that receives about 30 per cent of the provincial operating budget, it is fair and reasonable for AHS to control costs in light of the current financial position for the province,” said Vickie Kaminski, AHS President and CEO. “I want to assure all Albertans that we are immediately focused on cost reductions that will not have an impact on direct patient care.”

As was outlined by the provincial government, AHS is currently implementing cost-containment measures in three key areas:

While these actions are being taken, Kaminski pointed out that realizing significant savings in these areas will be limited due to the fact they represent a small percentage of the AHS total budget and the end of the fiscal year is less than two months away.

“I believe it is important for AHS to demonstrate that it recognizes it has to contain costs in administrative areas in a manner that has the least impact on the provision of health programs and services to Albertans,” said Kaminski. “However, we also need to look more broadly across the organization to identify more cost savings.”

Kaminski outlined several other areas where AHS has or will take action:

“I want the people of this province to understand that, at AHS, we do recognize that we have to be good stewards of taxpayers’ dollars and we must strive to ensure we use our financial and human resources in the most effective and efficient ways possible,” said Kaminski. “Our ultimate objective is to provide safe, quality and accessible health care while ensuring the fiscal sustainability of the health system.”

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.

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