Health Services orders savings

Alberta Health Services has ordered its departments to find $185 million in savings to reallocate the money to provide better health care.

Alberta Health Services has ordered its departments to find $185 million in savings to reallocate the money to provide better health care.

Chris Mazurkewich, AHS executive vice president and chief operating officer, said savings can be found by reducing duplication and inefficiencies.

Departments have been asked to find one to 1.8 per cent in savings this year.

“This is the fourth year we’ve been doing this. It’s a continual process I’m sure we’ll have the next few years as well. It’s just part of being a healthy organization,” said Mazurkewich this week.

It’s a good exercise to continue to look at how to improve the system, he said.

“It’s an ongoing challenge and we’re a large organization and we certainly have opportunities to do that.

“It’s very important that we do that and respect the taxpayers contribution to health care, at the same to make best efforts to meet access needs and quality needs of the patients that we serve.”