EDMONTON, AB: New organ transplant data reveals that Alberta, which used to perform nearly twice the national average number of transplants in 2005, has fallen significantly behind other provinces in the last decade, the Wildrose Official Opposition said (Tuesday).
The data compiled by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) demonstrates that Alberta has fallen from once leading the country in solid organ transplants to doing fewer transplants and lagging behind other provinces.
“Organ transplants are a life-saving form of treatment that depend on the support of political leadership to encourage organ donation from a public health perspective,” Wildrose Leader Brian Jean said. “The data revealed by CIHI should be a wakeup call to Alberta’s Health Ministry.”
Alberta’s transplant rate has dropped 28 per cent over the past decade. Over the same time frame, the national average increased by 11 per cent, and next door in British Columbia, the rate soared 62 per cent.
“It is incredibly discouraging to see that Alberta spends $4 billion more than British Columbia on health care and per capita health spending has risen 60 per cent over the past decade, yet we are doing significantly fewer transplants during that same time frame,” Wildrose Shadow Health Minister Drew Barnes said. “Organ transplants are critical, life-saving care, and must be a top priority of the Health Minister.”
One organ and tissue donor can save up to eight lives and improve the lives of up to another 75 people.