Calgary residents receive a complete range of health care services. Under the Canada Health Act, health care is provided through publicly funded insured services. There are five criteria and conditions provincial health insurance plans must meet: public administration, comprehensiveness, universality, portability and accessibility. Residents also benefit from internationally renowned medical research at the University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine.
In Alberta, health care is funded through the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan. The Plan provides full and/or partial coverage for many health services including long-term care, immunization for children and extended benefits for seniors.
Alberta Health Services is made up of 117,000 skilled and dedicated health professionals, support staff, 15,000 volunteers and 7,400 physicians who promote wellness and provide care every day to 3.7 million Albertans, as well many residents of southwestern Saskatchewan, southeastern British Columbia and the Northwest Territories.
AHS also consists of:
- 102 hospitals, 6,800 acute care beds, 18,000 long-term care and supportive living beds, plus equity partnership in 33 Primary Care Networks.
- programs and services are offered at 400 facilities throughout the province, including hospitals, clinics, continuing care facilities, mental health facilities and community health sites.
- Substantial university-based research, including two medical schools, closely integrated with healthcare delivery service.
- Students from Alberta's universities and colleges, as well as from universities and colleges outside of Alberta, receive clinical education in AHS facilities. The Calgary Health Region is the largest fully integrated, publicly-funded health care system in Canada. Serving a population of 1.2 million people, the Calgary Health Region is home to some of the fastest growing communties in the country.
The new Alberta Children's Hospital is the first new freestanding children's hospital to be built in Canada in more than 20 years.
Please see the Alberta Health Services website for additional information.
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Mercer Human Resources Consulting's worldwide 2010 Quality of Life survey ranked Calgary as the world's top city in the Eco-City ranking (Eco-City Ranking 2010 includes the following criteria: Water availability, water potability, waste removal, sewage, air pollution and traffic congestion). Calgary also ranked first in a similar category in Mercer's 2002, 2004 and 2006 rankings.
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