News archives

July 2020


July 31, 2020

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WCB outage this weekend

July 30, 2020

WCB online services, including electronic injury reporting, will not be available from 5 p.m. on Friday, July 31 to 6 a.m., Tuesday, August 4.

Alberta doctors overwhelmingly vote non-confidence in Minister Of Health

July 29, 2020

MEDIA RELEASE: 98% (97.83%) of Alberta’s physicians have lost confidence in Health Minister Tyler Shandro’s ability to manage the province’s health care system, according to a referendum conducted by the Alberta Medical Association.

Email/phone call scam alert

July 16, 2020

We have recently learned of a phone and email scam claiming to be coming from the Canadian Medical Protective Association. Please be advised the CMPA does NOT accept credit cards nor do they communicate using pre-recorded messages.

Unused CME allotments will expire July 31

July 15, 2020

Please note this is applicable only to members emailed regarding remaining allotments. Physicians have until July 31 to submit claims to use up their remaining Continuing Medical Education balance. As the CME Program was eliminated effective March 31, 2020 due to government's Physician Compensation Framework, CME to be claimed must have been completed on or before March 31, 2020. We encourage you to submit your CME claim online through the AMA member dashboard.

Looming physician exodus from Alberta caused by failed provincial funding framework

July 10, 2020

According to a newly released survey of physicians by the Alberta Medical Association (AMA), almost 9-in-10 physicians (87%) will be making changes to their medical practices as a result of the funding framework Health Minister Tyler Shandro imposed on physicians. Of this group, an alarming 49% have made plans or are considering looking for work in another province (this represents 42% of all Alberta doctors). One third (34%) of physicians who will be changing their practices say they may leave the profession or retire early, with other alternatives being mulled including changing how they offer services/withdrawing services from AHS facilities (48%), reducing their hours (43%) and laying off staff (34%).

Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant

July 9, 2020

function() { /* As part of its provincial relaunch strategy the Alberta government has made a available a small grant (maximum $5,000) for small to medium businesses, which also applies to physician corporations. To qualify the applicant needs to enter revenue information from certain months in 2019 and 2020 to show a 50% decrease (e.g., compare March 2019 to March 2020, or compare May 2019 to May 2020). Learn more about the grant and view the AMA’s Program Brief and Application Support Guide for Physicians. */ }

Medical Liability Reimbursement Application Process

July 8, 2020

Please see July 6, 2020 Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan Bulletin for update on the Medical Liability Reimbursement application process.

Your AMA life insurance plans just got better

July 8, 2020

The Alberta Medical Association has joined together with Manulife to bring members even greater savings on term life Insurance, and as a valued member, you can now take advantage of up to three rate reductions.

The AMA advances patient-centered, quality care by advocating for and supporting physician leadership and wellness.