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Poll shows majority of Albertans oppose health cuts

Staying the course, not delisting services, desired by 62 percent of respondents.

Ron Liepert is the Alberta Minister of HealthCALGARY, April 27 2009 — As the Stelmach government forges ahead with controversial health budget cuts, a new poll shows a majority of Albertans oppose delisting services, but respondents are split on whether the province should consider reinstating health premiums to boost sagging revenues.

The Leger Marketing survey of 900 Albertans found a "slim majority" - 58 percent of people - oppose Alberta Health's decision to cut chiropractic care and potentially delist other services, while 35 percent support the move.

The poll also shows 62 percent of respondents support maintaining present health services and running a deficit until the economy improves. About 30 percent oppose this idea.

But Albertans are divided on the prospect of bringing back health-care premiums to address the funding issues facing the province's $13-billion-a-year medical system. The poll, provided exclusively to the Herald, found 50 percent of Albertans oppose reinstating the premiums, while 44 percent support the idea.

"If you look at the results, the takeaway is that health care is important and people want to take care of the health system," said Marc Tremblay, vice-president of Leger Marketing...

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  Majority of Albertans oppose health cuts, poll says, by Michelle Lang, Calgary Herald, April 27 2009

Posted: May 07, 2009

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