Jan 222019
 

By Gerald

Gray (Minister of Labour)

Hoffman (Minister of Health)

Sabir (Minister of Community and Social Services

As a tax payer and  stake holder in workers compensation in Alberta, I 
question why Alberta Health Services and Social Services are providing 
services to workers for work related compensable injuries or diseases 
that have been accepted by WCB as being work related but WCB are not 
providing any health benefits or earning losses for disabled workers. As 
Ministers who are in charge of these services, you are responsible to 
the tax payers of Alberta to ensure that what we pay in taxes is spent 
responsibly for programs such as health care and affordable housing to 
ensure that there are no homeless people, better access to health care 
etc. rather than squander our tax money in assisting WCB to defraud tax 
payers which include workers and employers. This is not hearsay as I can 
publicly name these people as these people have graciously provided 
their claim files to me. If you are familiar with the Meredith 
Principles, the whole idea of workers compensation was to provide 
benefits to workers so they would not become a charge on family, friends 
and society. That being so, why is the Minister in charge of WCB dumping 
these people unto Alberta Health Services and Social Services and why is 
the Minister in charge of Alberta Health Services and the Minister in 
charge of Social Services accepting disabled workers on tax payer funded 
services. Why should tax payers (workers and employers) be burdened with increasing health care costs, long waiting lists for MRI examinations 
and providing social assistance to disabled workers whose claims have 
been accepted but workers compensation not paying for these services 
such as personal care allowances, house keeping allowances, home 
maintenance allowances and earning replacements. This being the case, 
why not simply abolish the whole system, eliminate premiums for 
employers and have workers simply apply for services from Alberta Health 
Services and Social Assistance as that is what is happening now. The 
Government performs audits on every thing else but fails to perform any 
audits as to how many disabled workers are on Social Services and 
medical care by Alberta Health Services.

I do realize that the Conservative Government who ruled this province 
for 44 years did nothing to address this problem and you did inherit a 
total mess but the role of Governments is to correct the mess,not to 
perpetuate the mess.I commend you on attempting to fix the mess left by 
the former Conservative Government but doing things half assed is not 
the solution. Anything worth doing is worth doing right. Workers are the 
back bone of our society as without workers our economy would crash, so 
why is it that workers in Alberta are treated with contempt and inhumane 
treatment by a body such as WCB when the whole intent was or is to treat 
workers with compassion, fairness and respect and not dump them onto a 
scrap heap for tax payers to look after.