Physician Compensation Committee (PCC)

On February 20, 2020, the Government of Alberta announced that it was cancelling its Master Agreement with the AMA and despite on-going discussions, the Government proceeded with unilateral implementation of a new Physician Funding Framework.

This included the cancellation of PCC. The last meeting was held at the end of January 2020.

As a part of the Physician Funding Framework, the Physician Compensation Advisory Committee (PCAC) was created by the government (with the intent of replacing PCC) to conduct reviews of rates for services under the SOMB and make recommendations to the Minister. A Terms of Reference was provided to the AMA and includes the following highlights:

  • Be accountable to the Minister of Health.
  • Hold all meetings in camera.
  • Conduct reviews of rates under the SOMB.
  • Attempt to make recommendations by consensus and if not possible, allow the Chair make decisions.
  • An independent Chair will be appointed by the Minister and will make written recommendations to the Minister.
  • The Minister makes PCAC appointments but the AMA was asked to submit nominees. The AMA suggested Dr. Melanie Currie and Dr. Jeff Way. A third physician, Dr. Lyle Oberg, was also appointed by the Minister.

Attendance at the PCAC has been limited to AH staff and physicians, while AMA staff have been excluded from the meetings.

Stock photo by Pressfoto via Freepik.comAbout the committee

PCC is a joint committee that includes representatives from Alberta Health and the Alberta Medical Association. 

The committee is comprised of an appointed Chair and three representatives from each of Alberta Health and AMA. The PCC-appointed Chair operates independently and is not affiliated with either organization. The AMA’s three representatives are guided by the Board of Directors, which is advised by our internal Alberta Medical Association compensation committee and other groups.

The committee was established under the AMA Agreement to provide a specific and focused “authority and responsibility over all elements of physician compensation, plans and programs subject to the provisions of the AMA Agreement.”

A Physician’s Guide to the PCC and Individual Fee Review Process

In answer to questions that physicians have raised about the Physician Compensation Committee process and the work that it does, the Board of Directors had this detailed document prepared for members. If you have any technical questions about how the PCC works, your answer can likely be found here!

PCC Update

This publication from the Physician Compensation Committee is designed to provide regular updates on the approvals, decisions and accomplishments that take place at that table.

PCC membership

PCC members include:

  • Chair: Dr. David Peachey
  • Alberta Health: Leann Wagner, Camille Bailer, Ashley Stacewicz
  • Alberta Health Services: Bill Hondas, Thea Leskewich
  • Alberta Medical Association: Dr. Jonathan Choy, Dr. Melanie Currie, Jim Huston
  • Coordinator: Jennifer Hystad


The PCC is developing an interim work plan to help identify an extensive list of priorities, while focusing on a few initial areas over the next year. For example, the PCC has identified the following areas of work as immediate priorities:

  • Primary care compensation.
  • Family Care Clinic compensation (completed).
  • Business costs and overhead.
  • Relative value, including an individual fee review.

The PCC is committed to accomplishing its mandate as set out in the AMA Agreement. A strategic requirements document will be finalized soon to add further clarity.

Questions or feedback?

  • For AMA at PCC, contact
    Jim Huston, Assistant Executive Director, Health Economics
    Email: Jim Huston at
  • For information about PCC operations and to provide feedback on the initiative, contact the Physician Compensation Committee


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  • #1

    Stacy J.Davies


    1:51 PM on March 11, 2014

    I am a family physician who is currently doing home visits in assisted care two days per week. My experience is that many of the residents, have complex medical problems that require a lot of energy, time and brain power to keep them out of the hospital.

    I have heard that the PCC plans to reduce our fees to be about equal to an office visit. I would like to let you know that I (and probably others) would have to stop doing the home visits if that is the case. It is not reasonable to ask a physician to manage complex medical problems in the home environment without a financial upside. If it is a net loss to work in the assisted care setting rather than the office (where there is lots of support and help), then fewer physicians will do it, and more patients will be sent to hospital. The NP's are an asset in this setting, but most are not willing to take responsibility for keeping an acutely ill patient in their home.

  • #2

    Johann van der Vyver


    9:15 PM on April 07, 2014

    Dear CPC

    Its with interest that I noticed that that a consultant can be paid for a a new service 03.01O, this seems very appropriate for teledermatology consults. The missing ingredient is the fee for the referring physician (GP) that prepares the history, sending the pictures, then act on the feedback (Surely no different than any other consultation). This all involves, skill, time and knowledge to be applied, why then not a fee for the physician that will take the action and responsibility to apply the acquired information and feedback?

  • #3

    Brian Gillanders M.D.


    11:40 AM on December 27, 2014

    As a community-based practicing family physician, I was dismayed after waiting and watching my overhead costs go up from year to year to see the fee allocation in April of 2014 to essentially provide no increase to office based practice - ie. the 03.03A fee. Fees for hospital care did increase. While I appreciate the need for remuneration to maintain interest in hospital care (which I did for 30 years), the majority of people I know now providing hospital care do not have a community practice and therefore are not faced with the ever-increasing overhead expenses.
    I certaintly hope with the next allocation in April of 2015 recognizes the lack of support since 2010 to deal with the inevitable increasing office overhead costs.

  • #4

    Laurie Parsons


    7:47 AM on February 24, 2017

    I wish to speak to AMA regarding the dermatology on call service. Currently, the Calgary group has been asked to cover the entire city which includes a total of 5 hospitals while on call. The issue is that this geographic zone results in an 80km circuit. My office is in the dead center of the city and the round trip from my office to the newest hospital is a 90km round trip.

    This distance seems excessive and is causing a burden on the group as well as underservicing the patient needs when we get consults from these hospitals.

    We have looked atsplitting the call into a North/South schedule to reduce the driving time but we have been told that if we do so, there is no extra call stipend to cover this eventuality.

    I think that this is current condition is a safety issue for the physicians and residents involved in this extensive travel and is is becoming a contentious issue within the division.

    I would like to speak to an AMA representative regarding the AMA position on city wide call coverage and our potential avenues for resolution of tis situation.

    I can be reached at the above email or by my cell 403-966-6990

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