Hey, everybody. My name’s Kim Siever. Welcome
back to my channel. Between the 2017–2018 and 2018–2019 reporting
periods, Alberta Health Services spent 2.97% more on salaries and benefits. That seems
like a good thing, right? Keep in mind, however, that compensation should
match population growth and inflation to maintain service levels per capita and to allow workers
to still afford to live. Population during the same period increased 1.43% and inflation
increased 2.04%, for a combined total of 3.47%. That means even though AHS spent $240 million
more on compensation, it wasn’t enough. And that’s just on that one measure. Not only that, but the total number of full-time
equivalent employees went up by 2.7%, so most of that compensation increase was swallowed
up by the new hires. Actually, on that note, in the 2017–2018
reporting period, there were 79,442 FTEs receiving $8.082 billion in salaries and benefits, which
works out to about $101,735 per FTE. Remember, FTEs, according to the schedule 2, includes
board members, executive, and management salaries. For the 2018–2019 period, 81,566 FTEs received
$8.322 billion in compensation, or $102,028 per FTE. The per FTE compensation increase
is only 0.29%. What if we removed the board, executive, and
management? Then we’re left with 78,452.64 FTEs in 2017–2018
and 76,381.13 in 2018–2019. AHS paid out a total of $7.847 billion in 2017–2018 and
$7.617 billion, respectively, in compensation, for a per FTE rate of $100,024 and $99,720.
It actually went down. These are front-line staff—doctors, nurses,
technical staff, and support workers. There were fewer front-line staff serving a larger
provincial population. And they made less last year than they did the year before. And
that’s before the budget cuts that Kenney just introduced. Wages were already down,
health workers were down, and now Kenney wants to lower them even more. Thanks for watching. Thanks to all these subscribers and Patreon
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