Alberta Strengthens Ability To Recover Health Costs
The Crown’s Right of Recovery Act, Bill 48, which would enhance Alberta’s ability to recover costs resulting from wrongful acts or omissions, was introduced in the Legislature on May 11.
“Albertans should not be responsible for health costs caused by the wrongful acts or omissions of others,” said Health and Wellness Minister Ron Liepert. “If passed, this legislation will help us recover these costs, which will benefit Albertans.”
“Moving this authority from the Hospitals Act to new legislation specifically for this purpose supports these objectives,” Liepert added. “It will enable government to increase the effectiveness of this cost-recovery process.”
The current legislation allows the province to recover health care costs resulting from negligence, such as medical malpractice or slips and falls. The proposed legislation enables the province to recover health care costs resulting from the wrongful acts of tobacco manufacturers, an expansion of the current program. The proposed amendments also provide authority to recover the costs of treating a convicted criminal if the costs relate to the offence.