Letters to a Hospital: “The Battle of Alberta”
Every day I get letters from avid hospital fans asking all sorts of questions. But one has really stuck with me because it is a great question, and I don’t have a great answer for it.
Here it is:
“Dear Alex, why does Calgary get all of the hospital funding love? Aren’t the needs of Edmontonians important too?”
So here’s the deal, I don’t blame the current government for my woes, because let’s remember, I have been waiting for over 20 years for funding. And although there have been three major new hospital developments approved in Calgary during the time I have been on the top of list, I don’t have a beef with Calgary either. I love Calgary, especially the Stampede!
But it is kinda of peculiar that I haven’t received any funding given these three factors:
- I am the biggest and busiest hospital in the Province, serving more than just the people of Edmonton.
- Edmonton has an older population than Calgary. Older population means more care is needed.
- I’ve been at the top of Alberta’s health infrastructure list for those 20 years. I’m number 1!
So as I wrote above … I don’t really have an answer to your question, but let’s hope I don’t have to wait much longer for an answer.