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La Trobe University in Melbourne. The author acknowledges his 2005 study is limited, but he said his models indicate wait times for public hospital care decline with increased public sector activity. However, he noted that two different Australian studies suggested a private health−insurance plan was in fact associated with a reduction in wait times. The study was brought forward by the NDP Wednesday as evidence against the Alberta government's proposals for increased health−care privatization. "We're getting from this government considerable disinformation with respect to their plans and the results that we could expect from their plans," said NDP Leader Brian Mason. Health Minister Iris Evans said she has seen Australian studies that show that wait times increased in that country when private care was provided. "I think we have to do it very carefully (in Alberta) so that the public system is always strengthened," she said. msadava@thejournal.canwest.com kcryderman@thejournal.canwest.com

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