About 140 Red Deerians who wanted to share ideas to help fix Alberta’s health care system attended a public engagement session on Thursday led by Alberta Health.
Participants were divided into groups to talk about problems with health care, offer ideas, as well as learn about the province’s plan to streamline Alberta Health Services and create different organizations to oversee acute care, primary care, continuing care, and mental health and addictions.
A participant, who spoke to the Advocate following the session, was concerned that public health was left out of the government’s new multi-organization plan.
“Public health is more than COVID and immunization. Decreasing smoking in society, that was driven by public health, same for car seats. All of that’s been left out,” she said.
At her table, there was also a lot of distrust about the impact of public engagement sessions, she said.
“I believe that change is