Healthcare Quarterly

Healthcare Quarterly 18(1) April 2015 : 26-31.doi:10.12927/hcq.2015.24247
Funding Reform

Reforming Long-Term Care Funding in Alberta, Canada

R. Trafford Crump, Nadya Repin and Jason M. Sutherland

Abstract

Like many provinces across Canada, Alberta is facing growing demand for long-term care. Issues with the mixed funding model used to pay long-term care providers had Alberta Health Services concerned that it was not efficiently meeting the demand for long-term care. Consequently, in 2010, Alberta Health Services introduced the patient/care-based funding (PCBF) model. PCBF is similar to activity-based funding in that it directly ties the complexity and care needs of long-term care residents to the payment received by long-term care providers. This review describes PCBF and discusses some of its strengths and weaknesses. In doing so, this review is intended to inform other provinces faced with similar long-term care challenges and contemplating their own funding reforms.

 

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