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New Alberta health minister promises change, but no radical reforms to health-care

Sept. 24, 2014 – Alberta's new health minister says there won't be massive reforms to the province's health-care system but there will be changes in how things are done.

September 24, 2014  By The Canadian Press

Stephen Mandel says the department is spending “enough money” that he
wants to know first and foremost why so many people have to wait so long
for surgery.

He says he wants to assess what the challenges are
and how to fix them, adding he has some ideas but doesn’t know how good
they are.

Mandel says it’s likely that he will kill a plan from the former government of Alison Redford to create 140 family care clinics.

He says he’s not absolutely sure yet, but he says the clinics “have a challenge in their history.”


was appointed to the portfolio by Premier Jim Prentice but does not
hold a seat in the legislature, meaning he will have to win one in a

The former mayor of Edmonton says it is crucial to
examine the health-care system to see how it’s operating and how it can
function better.

“I think it’s unacceptable that people have to
wait months on end to get some kind of surgery,” he told his first news
conference as health minister.

“I know I have a person who worked for me in my previous life and she had to wait nine or ten months until she got back surgery.

She had been in a lot of pain. I don’t think the system that’s costing this much money should have that happen.”

But Mandel says people shouldn’t expect radical change.

be fair, I’m not going to change the entire world or totally renovate
it by tomorrow morning but we’ll do things over the next little while
which we hope will make significant steps to reaching the goals which
the premier set out for us,” he says.

“We have a system in place.
We need to work with that and I don’t believe we should be looking to
destroy that, but we need to look to improve it.”

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