Arthritis At Home Episode 172 – Election advocacy in Alberta
Election advocacy in Alberta with Cheryl Koehn and Kelly Lendvoy
Arthritis affects more than 650,000 Alberta residents. It is the leading cause of disability in Alberta and imposes a significant economic burden to the economy related to direct healthcare costs (e.g., doctor visits, medications and medical devices) and indirect costs (e.g., lost employment, sick leave, and absenteeism).
Health care delivery (46%) and cost of living issues (47%) are by far the two highest named issues by Alberta voters leading up to the May 29, 2023 provincial election. The most important voices in health care discussions belongs to those most affected by health policy—the person living with chronic disease who can provide patient perspectives. Arthritis Consumer Experts has sent an open letter and a survey to the major political parties and their candidates running in the Alberta election, asking them to share how their government can improve arthritis prevention, treatment, and care in Alberta.
Kelly Lendvoy, VP Communications and Public Affairs today speaks to ACE’s Founder and President, Cheryl Koehn, about the upcoming election and the important issues for Albertans living with arthritis.
Additional learning resources
- Arthritis Consumer Experts Alberta Election page
- Contact information for the major parties if you have any questions or comments for the parties:
Alberta Liberal Party
Alberta New Democratic Party
United Conservative Party of Alberta
- The Elections Alberta page provides information on where and how to vote