Facts worth repeating, myths worth busting

May 22, 2020

Dr. Christine Molnar, AMA President

Dear Members:

In the ongoing impasse with the Alberta Medical Association, government continues to promote its own messaging, some of it misleading. The MacKinnon report alleges that Alberta doctors are paid far more than provincial counterparts (“as much as $100,000 a year” or “35%”). Other examples include claims that the AMA failed to bring forward any proposals during negotiations, and government MLAs have said that our negotiation strategy failed to include the interests of rural physicians.

I will be taking the opportunity over the next while to address these topics. Today, you can review our rebuttal of government’s interprovincial comparisons of physician income (and some thoughts about the importance of getting this information right). We have previously made this information available, but it bears repeating.

Recent President’s Letters about AMA representation for physicians have triggered outpourings of support. Thank you to individual members and our social media influencers and leaders for your candor and passion! Thank you to our physician-led groups for your creativity and excellence! This includes the AMA-supported Family Medicine and Specialty Care Task Forces, along with grassroots collectives such as the Rural Sustainability Group and ABDocs4Patients. Your collaboration is adding to the energy and momentum. Our Task Force staff teams are ready to provide further assistance. It’s amazing that you continue to advocate so tirelessly. It’s amazing that you show few signs of being tired. Collectively, we are inspired.

As of this morning, about 2,700 physicians and counting have participated in our campaign calling on government to return to negotiations and seek arbitration if necessary. We have begun to engage the public and thousands of Albertans have already responded. The campaign website is as easy to use as it is effective. Please take a few minutes today to participate if you haven’t already.

Res ipsa loquitur (the facts speak for themselves).

In your service,

Christine P. Molnar, MD, FRCPC
President, Alberta Medical Association

CC: Alberta MLAs

3 comments

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  • #1

    NAO

    Member of the public

    1:07 PM on May 22, 2020

    After the latest round of attacks on Alberta Drs and a private citizen the UCP has been informed that a formal complaint would be filed If the bulling continues. I suggest that if this harassment continues that other private citizens of Albertan & Alberta Drs who are being targeted also file formal complaints against the UCPs conduct

  • #2

    Terry Francis

    Member of the public

    6:23 PM on May 22, 2020

    Engage with the AMA in an honest way

  • #3

    Virginia Steele

    Other health care professional

    8:23 AM on May 25, 2020

    The government's attacks against doctors is ultimately causing less care to the people of Alberta. Dr.s need to maximize the number of visits each day to make ends meet. This results in shorter visits and lack of time spent with patients to correctly diagnosis illnesses and support to patients. I have witnessed on lady drive who lives 80 kilometers from her Dr. come into town 3-5 days a week because she has multiple issues and Dr. will only address one issue a day in a 5 minute appointment. He directly indicates that it is due to the change on how the UPC government has attacked his practice. She is on income supports, so who ultimately pays for the transportation costs to come into town repeatedly to see her Dr.? The government. Cutting Dr. funding without meeting and arbitrating a deal with them is not how democracy in this world works. Get back to the bargaining table and quit making the taxpayers and less unfortunate of this province pay for lack of proper health care. Let our world renown doctors get back to what they do best.

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