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Dr. Chris Eagle, Alberta Health Services vice-president, said rising wait times are caused by an aging population. We submit that Alberta seniors spend less money on health related services and supports such as emergency treatment than non-seniors.
According to the Alberta Government Demographic Planning Commission, Discussion Guide, published in Summer 2008, Alberta seniors in 2004, spent an average of $1,733 each on health, including health care supplies, pharmaceutical products, eye-care and health insurance premiums. By comparison, non-seniors in Alberta each spent an average of $2,200. Future seniors are expected to continue the trend of improved health.