CALGARY, Feb. 25, 2013 /CNW/ - As part of its mandate to examine the
issue of possible improper preferential access to publicly funded
health care, the Alberta Health Services Preferential Access Inquiry
sought the opinions of experts to assist in its work.
Inquiry staff posed questions about preferential access to experts from
the fields of medicine, health care administration, ethics and
political science who, in turn, provided their answers and opinions in
the form of written reports.
The questions asked of the experts request a definition of improper
preferential access to publically funded health care and are intended
to explore possible results of improper preferential access. Experts
were asked to identify health care system safeguards (existing or
recommended) that might prevent improper preferential access.
The experts will present their views and discuss the issues in the
context of panels conducted as part of the public hearings on February
26 and 27, 2013.
Copies of the reports of all of the experts will be made available on
February 26, 2013.
On Tuesday February 26, 2013 the Inquiry will hear from a panel
Dr. H. Brian Goldman, M.D.
Staff emergency physician, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto
Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine,
University of Toronto
Host, White Coat, Black Art, a CBC Radio One show about the culture of modern medicine
Lynette Reid, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Bioethics, Faculty of Medicine,
Member, Division of Medical Education, Dalhousie University
Member, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Dalhousie University
Pam Whitnack, MBA
President, Whitnack and Associates Ltd.
Executive Vice-President, Rural, Public and Community Health, Alberta
Health Services, 2008-2011
Chief Executive Officer, Chinook Health Region, 2005-2008
On Wednesday February 27, 2013 the Inquiry will hear from a panel
Dr. David A. Alter, MD, PhD, FRCPC
Cardiologist, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute - University Hospital
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
Senior Scientist, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences
John Church, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Centre for
Health Promotion Studies, University of Alberta
Principal, JC Paragon Consulting Services Ltd.
Dr. Owen Robert Heisler MD, MSc, MBA, FRCSC, FACS, FCCHL, FACPE
Assistant Registrar, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta
General Surgeon, Red Deer, Alberta 1988-2008
Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Alberta
Site Medical Director Red Deer Regional Hospital, Dec 2004-March 2006
SOURCE: Health Services Preferential Access Inquiry
For further information:
Health Services Preferential Access Inquiry
Phone: (403) 270-2059