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Healthc Q. 2015;18(1):26-31.

Reforming Long-Term Care Funding in Alberta.

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An assistant professor with the Department of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Associate Director of the Center for Clinical Effectiveness Research and the Children's Research Institute of the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.
Project manager with Vancouver Coastal Health.
Associate professor with the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research at the University of British Columbia.


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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