EZMSA 2021 Winter/Spring Speaker Series

January 28, February 22, March 18 and April 13

Location

Virtual via Zoom

Cost

Events are all free of charge for the members of the Edmonton Zone Medical Staff Association, Calgary and Area Medical Staff Society, Central Zone Medical Staff Association, North Zone Medical Staff Association and South Zone Medical Staff Association. Membership is required to attend. Please contact zmsaadmin@albertadoctors.org for membership.

January 28

Understanding the Federal and Provincial Governments’ Role in Health Care
  • Time: 5:30 – 7 p.m.
  • Speaker: Mr. Matt Jeneroux, Member of Parliament. View speaker biography.
  • This is an opportunity for members to gain a better understanding of the difference between the federal and provincial government’s role in our health care system and delivery of care.
  • Register online: Registration closes January 26, 11 p.m.

February 22

Canada Health Act 101
  • Time: 5:30 – 7 p.m.
  • Speaker: Canada Health Act 101 with Dr. Lorian Hardcastle. View speaker biography.
  • This session will explore the Canada Health Act, its enforcement, and its operationalization by provincial governments. It will address the conditions that provinces must meet in order to qualify for federal funding, along with the prohibitions on extra-billing and user charges. Despite these conditions, federal enforcement has historically been quite lax and they have often been reluctant to withhold transfer payments from non-compliant provinces. This session will address particular areas of concern identified by Health Canada, such as extra-billing by private surgical clinics, boutique primary care clinics that comingle uninsured and insured services, and Ontario's move to eliminate insurance for out-of-country emergency care. Perhaps most notably, the federal government has now taken steps to crack down on diagnostic clinics that allow patients to pay out-of-pocket to receive faster care. Finally, this session will address how provincial laws have operationalized the Canada Health Act, with a focus on the Alberta Health Care Insurance Act and recent health policy changes in Alberta.
  • Register online: Registration closes February 20, 11 p.m.

March 18

Decision-Making in the Alberta Government
  • Time: 5:30 – 7 p.m.
  • Speaker: Decision Making in the Alberta Government with Dr. Keith Brownsey. View speaker biography.
  • The presentation will discuss how the Alberta government makes decisions – the process involved in creating policy and programs. The current United Conservative Party government will be contrasted with its predecessor New Democrats and Progressive Conservatives. The presentation will also deal with the relationship between Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services and the provincial cabinet – Alberta Health establishes the policy and Alberta Health Services implement the policy decisions of the Government of Alberta. All significant policy changes are directed by cabinet order and legislative fiat. It is the UCP government that sets spending, engages in contract negotiations, and decides policy. Simply put, the deputy minister at Alberta Health and the AHS President carry out the instructions of their political masters, the Alberta cabinet.
  • Register online: Registration closes March 16, 11 p.m.

April 13

An Overview of the Jason Kenney Government
  • Time: 5:30 – 7 p.m.
  • Speaker: An overview of the Jason Kenney government with Graham Thomson. View speaker biography.
  • Is this the end of the beginning, or the beginning of the end for Jason Kenney? Premier Kenney has spent more than 20 years as a politician but most of that was in Ottawa as an MP. He is a relative newcomer to Alberta politics, entering the arena in 2016 and becoming premier just last year. And what a year it has been: pandemic, recession, and a price of oil that at one point went negative. At times Kenney has poured fuel on the dumpster fire that was 2020: fighting with physicians, arguing with nurses, and outsourcing 11,000 health care support jobs. His approval rating keeps dropping. What is Premier Kenney's game plan? Mr. Thomson will help explain what's going on.
  • Register online: Registration closes April 11, 11 p.m.

Contact Information

Please contact zmsaadmin@albertadoctors.org

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