Post-RF update

March 15, 2023

Dr. Fredrykka Rinaldi, AMA PresidentDear Members,

The Representative Forum held a productive two-day meeting March 10 and 11 in Calgary. The major topics included:

Across all activities and initiatives, we will judge our success with three questions:

  • Are we stabilizing physician practices that are struggling every day to survive?
  • Are we ensuring Alberta is competitive with other provinces in retaining and attracting talent?
  • Are we building up integrated team-based care toward developing a medical and health home for every Albertan?

You are always welcome to share your thoughts with me. You can email me via You can also comment on this letter on the AMA website.


fred Rinaldi, MD, CCFP, FCFP, LLB, MBA, MPA(HSA), BCom
President, Alberta Medical Association

"Fate whispers to the warrior, 'You can not withstand the storm.' The warrior whispers back, 'I am the storm.'"


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  • #1

    John Pasternak


    3:15 PM on March 15, 2023

    You won’t get every Albertan a medical home as long as the fee code in a walk in clinic is the same fee/patient as a physician doing longitudinal care. It’s absurd to think you can attract all those doctors back into seeing complicated patients when they can bang out the bargains at a walk in with no effort, not follow up responsibility, no expectation of referrals.

  • #2

    David Smyth


    10:09 PM on March 15, 2023

    You have destroyed Family Medicine. Physicians are paid more to do easy hospitalist work or ER or urgent care. A local hospitalist makes more money in one week than I can make in a month slogging in the office. Plus they have no overhead. Walk in docs are billing complete physicals like crazy. PCNs are really AHS taking over primary care. AHS did such a good job with surgery it it now being contracted out. Primary office care is dying and forget trying to get a rural doctor now you can’t get an urban doctor. I am sure that the consultants with no money invested in the system will solve it all.

  • #3

    Fotini Kavadas


    9:15 AM on March 17, 2023

    Why is Dr. Rinaldi's first name still not capitalised? Its been 6 months and this lower case situation does not look good unless there is a good reason.

    Thank you

  • #4

    AMA Webmaster

    Other health care professional

    1:28 PM on March 17, 2023

    In response to Fotini Kavadas [comment #3]

    Hi Dr. Kavadas,
    Dr. Rinaldi signs off on her correspondence, including the President's Letters, with a lower-case "f" in fred as a personal preference.

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