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Jason Kenney says Alberta will not follow Quebec’s plan not to tax people against COVID-19. Globalnews.ca

Premier Jason Kenney said the Alberta government would not follow Quebec’s plan to impose financial fines on those who refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Kenny said the data shows non-vaccination is proving to be a much greater burden on the hospital system than vaccination, but paying them extra would not be justified.

“If we go down that path, we are completely rejecting the whole principle of universality of health care, which is why Alberta absolutely will not abide by Quebec’s decision,” Kenny told a Facebook town Tuesday night. – Said in the hall meeting.

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Quebec Premier François Legault announced earlier in the day that he plans to impose “significant” financial penalties on unvaccinated adult residents, given that they occupy a disproportionate number of beds in hospitals.

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Kenny acknowledged the unaffiliated are taking up more hospitalizations and intensive care beds, which has had the domino effect of canceled surgeries as health workers are redeployed to deal with the pandemic.

But he said levying the fee would be like paying smokers more for lung cancer treatment or charging high-risk skiers to be injured and taken out of a previous country.

“There is a bigger and deeper principle here, which is that we have a universal health care system,” the premier said.

“It doesn’t matter where you come from, how old you are, what your medical condition is, how wealthy you are, or what life choices you have made. You’ll need our health services for medically necessary services.” Free access to the care system is guaranteed.”

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaking in Ottawa, said he would like to see more details before passing a decision on Quebec’s plan, but added that the province has assured it would not violate the Canada Health Act.


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Alberta, like other jurisdictions around the world, is battling a rapid, spiraling increase in COVID-19 cases driven by the highly contagious Omicron variant.

Kenny’s United Conservative government sharply reduced attendance at public events ahead of Christmas and vaccine passports are still required to attend non-essential businesses, including bars and restaurants.

Students from Kindergarten to Class 12 were sent back to class this week after Kenny promised extra masks for schools and millions more rapid tests.

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Last week, he said a million tests had arrived and three million more were to come every week for a total of 10 million from a private supplier. That’s on top of four million from the federal government.

However, Health Minister Jason Kopping said on Wednesday that only 500,000 of the promised federal tests had arrived and the balance of 10 million from private suppliers was tied up in delays and global supply chain bottlenecks.

Copping wrote on Twitter: “We are working to confirm the day delivery, which includes the 4.8 million tests we’ve purchased directly, that we expect to receive this week, which are available to schools and AHS (Health). for care workers).” ,

“We will update Alberton as more information becomes available.”

The opposition NDP has urged the government to publish estimates of how bad the omicron growth is expected to be and to supply better masks and high-efficiency air filters for schools.

The province has recorded more than 61,000 active COVID-19 cases, but Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Dina Hinshaw has said that low testing capacity means the true number of infections is likely to be 10 times higher.

She said this week that the province was prepared for a “significant impact” on health care.

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There are 748 people with COVID-19 in the hospital, including 82 in critical care.

Previous waves of the pandemic have already canceled thousands of non-urgent surgeries as staff have been redeployed. Copping has said the province does not expect to catch on until the middle of this year.


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Neurologist Dr Mary Lou Miles, who joined the NDP at a news conference on Wednesday, said the reassignment of staff hurt multiple sclerosis patients.

Miles said early intervention and diagnosis is important for MS patients, but consultations with a neurologist that should have taken — and have taken before — weeks or months are now taking a year.

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He said earlier diagnosis means earlier treatment and a better chance of avoiding damage to the central nervous system and subsequent debilitating disabilities.

“In the MS clinic itself, the re-engagement of specialty nurses has had an effect,” Miles said.

“One of the nurses has been redeployed for almost a year. Other redistributions have been quite sudden and unpredictable, causing a bit of chaos. ,

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