My family and I have had our first exposure to health care under Alberta's new amalgamated mega-region Alberta Health Services Board and it has not been a pleasant experience.
The ER at Rockyview General Hospital now resembles something out of the movies, a bankrupt charity ward in a violent American inner-city. People are packed into the waiting room and on down the hall at varies stages of distress and treatment. The vending machines and water fountain are gone and that nook is now being used to examine patients; "privacy" afford by a curtain which does not cover the entirety of the opening. After being admitted my wife was at one point brusquely told she would have to sit in a chair all night because there were no beds available. (I do not even want to begin to describe our experiences at the Peter Lougheed Center.) I do not think I have ever been exposed to such an affront to human dignity in my life!