Alberta 2019 provincial election

Arthritis is one word that describes more than 100 disease types and affects one in five Alberta residents. Within a generation, more than one in four Albertans is expected to have the most disabling and life-threatening types – osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

A provincial election will be held in Alberta on April 16, 2019. Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) advocates that arthritis, a disease affecting more than 500,000 Alberta residents, should be an issue of great importance to candidates running for office.

ACE sent an open letter and a survey to candidates running in the Alberta election. As part of its core government outreach activities and in the spirit of non-partisanship, ACE outlines the impact of arthritis in Alberta and asks each candidate to share how government can improve prevention, treatment and care in Alberta.

Any responses received by ACE will be archived and posted as they arrive.

ACE survey and party responses

ACE letter sent to each candidate included: Party responses to survey Individual Candidate Responses Questions Voiced by the Public and Patients with Arthritis
  • Will you establish better prevention programs and facilitate flexible work arrangements to help reduce the direct and indirect costs of arthritis to Alberta employers and the Alberta economy?
  • What will your government do to improve the healthcare and lives of Aboriginals living with arthritis in Alberta?
  • Will you consider arthritis a health priority for Alberta and implement high quality, standardized evidence-based models of arthritis care for all Alberta residents?
  • How will you improve reimbursement access for medications approved for inflammatory arthritis?
  • Will you take steps to increase the number of rheumatologists and trained arthritis professionals to ensure timely, specialized care for Alberta patients with arthritis?
  • How will you improve the speed in which people living with arthritis receive healthcare?
Any questions received by ACE will be posted anonymously.

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