Health funding 2015–2016

  • Health’s consolidated expense for 2015–16 is budgeted at $19.7 billion, about $422 million or 2.2 per cent higher than the 2014–15 actuals (excluding debt servicing costs and flood recovery initiatives).
  • Every hour we will spend $2.2 million – almost $54 million per day – to maintain and improve Alberta’s health care system.
  • Total consolidated health spending will account for 39.5 per cent of Government of Alberta consolidated expense in 2015–16.
  • The Ministry of Health includes the Department of Health, Alberta Health Services (AHS), Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions, and the Health Quality Council of Alberta.
  • These funding allocations are contained in the provincial government budget which is approved each year by the Alberta Legislature.

Alberta Health Services

  • There is $13.9 billion in consolidated expenses budgeted for AHS operations, which is about $201 million higher than the 2014–15 actuals. 
  • A significant portion of AHS funding, $11.3 billion, is provided through base operating funding from the Department of Health to deliver health services and operate health facilities throughout Alberta. This base operating funding amount represents a $117 million increase from the 2014–15 actuals and is 61 per cent of the department’s budget.

Physician compensation and development

  • There is a total of $4.8 billion in consolidated expenses budgeted for 2015–16 for physician compensation and development programs. This represents a $301 million or 6.7 per cent increase compared to 2014–15 actual consolidated expense.
  • The Department allocates 23 per cent of its budget, or $4.3 billion, to support physician compensation and development programs.

Drugs and supplemental health benefits

  • A total of $1.9 billion in consolidated expenses is budgeted in the health system for drugs and supplemental health benefits, including seniors’ health benefit programs, Alberta Aids to Daily Living, outpatient cancer therapy drugs and Specialized High Cost Drugs. 
  • These costs are funded primarily by the Department which allocates over 9 per cent of its budget, or $1.8 billion.

Primary health care and other department-funded health programs

  • $280 million is budgeted by the department to support primary health care and addictions and mental health.
  • Almost $880 million has been allocated by the Department of Health for several other health system priorities including continuing care initiatives, human tissue and blood services, out of province health services, community and healthy living programs, health research, services provided by health professionals (such as oral surgeons, optometrists and podiatrists), vaccination programs, information systems development and operations, and health services provided in correctional facilities.

Administration and support services

  • A total of $2.4 billion in consolidated expense is budgeted for AHS administration and support services.  This represents a decrease of $8 million or 0.3 per cent from the 2014–15 actuals.
  • The majority of these costs represent AHS support services such as building operations, maintenance, security, communications, housekeeping, laundry, food services, patient registration and admission/discharge, information technology and research and education. 

Ministry support services

  • Approximately $84 million is budgeted for the strategic management of Alberta’s health system by the Department of Health.

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