The Alberta government has been working to address the issue of Alternate Level of Care (ALC) patients in hospitals.

Alberta’s government is investing $1.7 billion in continuing care to improve access to health care by reducing wait times for alternate levels of care patients.

Premier Danielle Smith emphasizes the importance of ensuring that Albertans receive the right level of care within the healthcare system.

"We continue our work to refocus health care in Alberta and ensure Albertans can get the care they need, when and where they need it," said Smith.

Minister of Health Adriana LaGrange reaffirms the government's commitment to improving access to continuing care services.

"Our government is ensuring that Albertans are well supported in their later years and have a choice in what that looks like for each individual."

Jason Nixon, Minister of Seniors, Community, and Social Services, underscores the priority of providing timely and dignified care for seniors and individuals requiring continuing and community care.

He emphasizes collaboration with the healthcare system and community partners to achieve this goal.

Feisal Keshavjee, chair of the Alberta Continuing Care Association, expresses enthusiasm for the transformative investment in continuing care.

"The new funding and strategic leadership will significantly improve the well-being of individuals needing support throughout their lives."

Tactical teams have been established to remove barriers and provide support for patients facing challenges in obtaining appropriate care. Additionally, a Specialized Patient Flow Improvement Team is working to enhance hospital patient flow and processes.

Efforts are being made to create temporary continuing care spaces to accommodate patients awaiting transfer.

These initiatives aim to alleviate pressure on hospital beds, reduce emergency room wait times, and ultimately improve the overall efficiency of the healthcare system in Alberta. 

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