Health Action Plan 2008

In April 2008, the Alberta government took action on a wide range of initiatives aimed at system reform to improve access to health services and make the province’s health care system more efficient and effective.

The Health Action Plan identified initiatives to improve health system governance and accountability, expand health workforce recruitment, manage health services to better meet patient needs, promote healthy and safe communities and introduce new technologies for Albertans to access and understand the health system over the next nine months.

Making the health system more efficient and equitable

One year report

The 12-month progress report, or 3-6-9 report, for the 2008 Health Action plan provides updates on activities and intiatives since December 2008.

Nine-month status report

The Alberta government announced a plan on April 16, 2008 to take action on a wide range of initiatives aimed at making the province’s health care system more efficient, effective and sustainable.

On December 15, 2008, the final Health Action Plan status report was released to document progress made on immediate, three-month, six-month and nine-month initiatives identified in the action plan.

The report covers:

  • A new 15-member Alberta Health Services board to govern all health services in the province,
  • A plan to transfer responsibility for ground ambulance services from municipalities to Alberta Health Services by April 1, 2009,
  • Training health providers to manage a provincewide patient navigator system,
  • A Children's Mental Health Plan to increase access to children's mental health services,
  • A strategy to develop a personal health portal to allow Albertans to access their health information online,
  • A Vision 2020 strategy document that sets out five goals to create a stronger, more efficient and sustainable publicly-funded health system (new),
  • A pharmaceutical strategy to improve drug coverage for seniors and provide a program to cover catastrophic drug costs for Albertans with rare genetic disorders (new),
  • A continuing care strategy to renovate long-term facilities, build new supportive living spaces and provide more personal care options for seniors and people with disabilities (new).

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