PC Party and NDP to Comply with Canada Health Act

Posted date : Mar 09, 2001.Back to list

PC Party and NDP to Comply with Canada Health Act - Emergency Out-of-Country Medical Service Payments Possibly to Increase

Toronto, ON - After years of negotiation, The Canadian Snowbird Association (CSA) has received a positive response from Ralph Klein's PC Party regarding Alberta's compliance with the Portability Section of the Canada Health Act. In a letter dated March 1, 2001 Mr. Klein's Campaign Manager, Marvin Moore stated, "In reference to your concerns regarding Section 11(1)(b)(ii) on the Canada Health Act, it's important to underline the fact that the government is strongly committed to respecting the letter and spirit of all aspects of the Act."

According to the CHA, the Portability Principle is explicit in its direction that where insured emergency services are provided out of Canada, payment is made on the basis of the amount that would have been paid by the province for similar services rendered in the province, with due regard, in the case of hospital services, the size of the hospital, standards of service and other relevant factors.

"Currently, Alberta pays $100 per day towards the cost of a hospital bed should an Albertan fall ill outside the country," said Bob Jackson, President of the CSA. "We know that the cost of a hospital bed is more than $100 per day. We are pleased that based on the letter we've received, that should Mr. Klein's party form the next government, Alberta will increase their out-of-country payments to the proper amount. This is good news for Albertan travellers of every age and we are celebrating."

The Canadian Snowbird Association mailed letters to all leaders of the provincial parties asking their position/plan of action regarding compliance with the Canada Health Act. Favourable replies were received from both the PC's and NDP. Mr. Pannu, as leader of the New Democrats has pledged to "work with the federal and other provincial governments to ensure that all Canadians receive proper emergency services, and that Alberta complies with Section 11(1)(b)(ii) of the Canada Health Act."

A response was not received from the Liberal Party.

"We laud those politicians who believe in, and uphold the tenets of the Canada Health Act," continued Mr. Jackson. "We look forward to working with the new government and wholeheartedly offer our assistance in the planning and implementation of this new legislation."

For interviews, please call:
Bob Jackson, President

Heather Nicolson-Morrison, Executive Director

The Canadian Snowbird Association is a 100,000 member-strong organization, preserving and protecting the rights of travelling Canadians coast to coast.