Alberta to expand use of private health-care facilities, weeks after announcing public sector cuts are coming

Province will be first to meet wait-time benchmarks, health minister vows

The Alberta government announced Tuesday a new plan to reduce surgical wait times by funding an additional 80,000 surgeries over the next four years as it expands agreements with private facilities — a move critics called a step toward “American-style health care.”

“We promised we would reduce surgical wait times, and we’re delivering on that promise,” said Health Minister Tyler Shandro as he announced the plan at the Southern Alberta Eye Center in Calgary.