Key result areas, achievements and short-term solutions

Read on for more information on the following areas:

Key Result Area 1: Financial health

The AMA assists and supports members in maintaining their financial health. This includes negotiating with payers to ensure fair compensation, the provision of practice management services and the offering of financial products. Members in training are supported through a number of scholarships and bursaries.

Key Result Area 2: Well being

The AMA supports members in maintaining healthy work-life integration, including being a leader in the development of a comprehensive physician health program. The AMA promotes and supports physicians contributing to the broader community. The AMA also supports physicians in their efforts to attain safe, healthy and equitable work environments.

Key Result Area 3: System partnership and leadership

The AMA supports members in their role as leaders within the health care system. This includes supporting physician leadership in developing innovations in care delivery and integration of primary and specialty care. Other activities include the AMA’s key role, with Alberta Health (AH) through the AMA Agreement, in developing and implementing the physician payment strategy for the province; several programs aimed at quality improvement; activities related to eHealth; and supporting the development of physician leadership skills.


Short-term solutions

Expanded support for community practices and working in teams. The specific ask was for existing teams via elimination of the ‘whites of the eyes’ dogma, thus providing increased access.

Expand and appropriately remunerate Virtual Care-beyond those codes specifically referenced in the agreement. We know that virtual care (see pandemic) in Alberta is comparatively poorly remunerated. Again this would provide increased access while reducing fragmentation of care.

After Hours Premium - an extended hours proposal, similar to that introduced in Manitoba recently.

Reinstate complex care plans.

Rationalize AHS payments (e.g., stipends, on call) There needs to be a fair and transparent process, not “N of 1” crisis management.

Direct all or a substantial portion of the federal government funding to address the crisis in community family medicine.

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