Former Alberta premier Ralph Klein maintains some strong opinions about health care in our province.

While attending an event in Red Deer Tuesday night for the Convenience Stores Association of Western Canada, Klein said health care spending in Alberta is out of control.

"It's going to come back and bite every politician of every political stripe, on the bum," he said. "It's out of control and no one wants to address it."

Klein said health care spending now makes up over 40 per cent of the provincial budget and insists that two-tiered health care, part publicly-funded and part private, is the way to lower costs.

"When health care consumes over half the budget, the total provincial budget, then I think people will understand health care costs are out of control."

Klein has been out of politics for more than two years.