Handle with Care

How will we fix what’s ailing our health care system?

Thank you to the many Albertans who viewed our election materials, those who participated in our town halls and everyone who is engaged in thinking about health care. The issues we identified before the election remain urgently relevant and our questions will help us assess any progress toward the solutions that are needed to fix our health care system.

We're counting on our new government to make health care a priority. Some of the biggest issues facing our health care system are:

PatientsFirst.ca Election Town Hall featuring NDP Leader Rachel Notley and UCP Leader Danielle Smith

On May 22, 2023 NDP Leader Rachel Notley and UCP Leader Danielle Smith discussed health care with members of the the AMA's PatientsFirst.ca community in this Election Town Hall.


Find detailed profiles of our seven issues in the links below.

Primary Care (May 11, 2023)

Challenges in accessing primary care have escalated over the past three years. Hundreds of thousands of Albertans do not have a family physician. Without access to primary care, chronic conditions worsen and new concerns may not be caught until they are more difficult – or even impossible – to treat.

Drug Poisoning Crisis (May 5, 2023)

Over the past three years, Alberta’s drug poisoning deaths have exploded, affecting every area of the province. A combination of factors, including changes to the illegal drug supply and challenges in accessing services, are contributing to a situation that has claimed far too many lives and left too many families and communities grieving.

Indigenous Health (April 28, 2023)

First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples in Alberta have higher rates of chronic illness, mental health challenges and addictions due to the impacts of colonization and ongoing health inequities. They live shorter lives, continue to experience racism and culturally unsafe care in our health care system and are disproportionately impacted by the opioid poisoning crisis.

Rural Health Care (April 21, 2023)

Rural communities across Alberta are experiencing an unprecedented health workforce crisis that is forcing rural physicians to take on even more or reduce services provided in their communities. Poor work-life balance and shrinking services make it even harder to attract new physicians to rural and remote communities.

Pediatric Mental Health (April 11, 2023)

Children and youth were profoundly impacted by pandemic disruptions. Many children who were struggling before the pandemic saw their physical and mental health worsen, and new data indicates that these issues linger.

Health Human Resources (March 31, 2023)

The shortage of physicians, nurses and other health professionals is the number one challenge facing our health care system. With ongoing shortages, we will continue to struggle to deliver the care Albertans need, when and where they need it.

Care of the Elderly (March 24, 2023)

Across Canada, the impact of the pandemic has highlighted pressures and inadequacies of facility-based continuing care. Staff struggled to provide a basic or consistent level of care while families were unable to visit or assist their loved ones.

Alberta Medical Association Mission: Advocate for and support Alberta physicians. Strengthen their leadership in the provision of sustainable quality care.