Victor Doerksen Campaign

Victor Doerksen Campaign

November 23, 2006 17:30 ET

Doerksen Details Complementary Health Fund

Focus on research and innovation for natural and preventative medicines

Attention: Assignment Editor, Lifestyle Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor RED DEER, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 23, 2006) - Today, leadership candidate Victor Doerksen detailed his plan to create a health innovation and research fund focusing on the efficacy and outcomes of complementary and natural medicine.

"In speaking with Albertans across the province, I have found that a large percentage of people are using natural, complementary and preventative approaches to their health," said Doerksen. "It is time for the province to recognize and put value on their choices."

The fund will encourage research into the efficacy of natural, complementary and preventative medicine and provide the evidence base for results. The fund would be administered through a specific and targeted initiative to develop the best knowledge in the field of natural, complementary and preventative approaches to medicine, similar to the successful iCore model.

ICore has moved Alberta to the forefront of information communications technology (ICT) research and knowledge. This model has also been very successful in attracting and retaining leading researchers and innovators in the ICT field. Similarly, an independent entity would be responsible for attracting and retaining world class talent in the area of complementary health and supporting research into areas they determine to be of strategic priority. This talent will in turn attract and develop Alberta students who will become best in class.

Doerksen said approximately $2 million per year will be invested initially to fund the initiative, with the intention to move toward an annual investment of $10 million.

"Albertans are already speaking with their pocket books on the use of these complementary approaches," said Doerksen. "This fund will help support their choices and help our health care system determine what alternative approaches have merit in preventing and treating illness. This is another way we can work to help manage health care system costs into the future."
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Contact Information

  • Janice Harrington, Communications Manager, Victor Doerksen Campaign
    Primary Phone: 403-619-3573