Taking our story public

July 15, 2020

Dr. Christine Molnar, AMA President

Dear Members:

Those who read the Calgary Herald and Edmonton Journal this morning will have seen an Alberta Medical Association full page ad, releasing our most recent proposal to address government’s mandate. This proposal has been sitting with Government since Canada Day with no movement.

On your behalf, I took it public.

This morning I held a press conference via Zoom to explain to media that, no matter what the Minister claims, we have indeed brought multiple proposals and significant potential savings to the table. You can view the details of the proposal on the AMA website, including a recording of the press conference.

Many members have asked what they can do to help get the Minister to take Yes for an answer and come back to the table or enable arbitration. I encourage you to share the above link to our website with your friends and family. Let’s set the record straight. Our profession has engaged in good-faith and fully cooperated in these negotiations.

On Friday, the results of the AMA’s most recent member survey were released. The results show, among other things, an unprecedented level of distress and that many physicians are considering leaving Alberta given the current toxic and unstable environment.

In response, the Minister continued his objectification of Alberta’s physicians by ignoring their thoughts, needs and feelings as expressed in the survey. Rather, he alluded to the Sunshine List and that he may disclose it soon. Yesterday he announced on Twitter that he fully intends to release the list and that he would immediately begin consulting with the AMA on how to do so.

An honest Sunshine List will be transparent about the data and will provide full context, explaining the impact of overhead on a physician’s net income. How the list is presented and to what ends is important. If, in the end, it is merely gross billing data presented to name, shame and blame physicians, we will see another MacKinnon-like example of the government demonizing the profession.

We hope this consultation will be more productive than recent ones. Bill 30 comes to mind - when we received a request for input with four days to respond and only after the bill had already been tabled in the legislature.

This weekend we will hold a special meeting of the Representative Forum via Zoom to review our current situation and help form plans for future advocacy.

Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never--in nothing, great or small, large or petty--never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense.

- Winston Churchill

In your service,

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

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  • #1

    Rick Spooner

    Physician

    5:37 PM on July 15, 2020

    Let Shandro post his sunshine list and be damned. Only fools like him and his UCP colleagues believe that will turn the people against their doctors.

  • #2

    James Currie

    Physician

    6:02 PM on July 15, 2020

    I was disturbed to read today that the AMA is willing to suspend or terminate its legal action against the government under certain conditions. I think it is essential that we continue the action, so that the government will realise it cannot ride roughshod over the rights of its citizens.
    Kenney does not own the courts--yet!

  • #3

    Sherry Findlay

    Member of the public

    6:02 PM on July 15, 2020


    It is mind-boggling the depths the UCP will sink to in offer to destroy our healthcare system. Our healthcare system cannot function with all of this animosity going on. I believe the government is doing this in order to fulfill their agenda for privatized healthcare. The healthcare system cannot work without Doctors, Nurses, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Lab techs, Respiratory techs, etc. The sad part here is that this government is vilifying the very people who keep the system running. I feel they view the AMA as a union & they are out to break every union in this province. We must fight for our public health system, because we sure don’t want a dysfunctional system like the U.S. Keep up the good fight & provide factual information to counteract the government’s disinformation.

  • #4

    Sheila McRae

    Member of the public

    6:03 PM on July 15, 2020

    I am absolutely appalled at the lack of transparency and the actual lies being presented to the public by the UCP. Never before has there been a government in Alberta who have not negotiated in good faith with any of our essential services. This is indeed a shameful day for the UCP.

  • #5

    Audrey l hayward

    Member of the public

    8:15 PM on July 15, 2020

    This government's unapproved crap regarding the doctors and medical profession in our province is exactly that - a pile of crap! Just when is this government going to be prepared to listen even remotely to that which the people who vote in this province are saying or needing. Watch out Mr. Kenny -there will be another election in the near future and you had better start hearing us!

  • #6

    irene knowlton

    Member of the public

    7:15 AM on July 16, 2020

    Yes id like to see our DRs stay in Pincher Creek, we need them. I have a hard time trusting anyone but since I have had my Dr. Scrimshaw I have come to trust herwith myself. Shes been the only Dr. I have had.

  • #7

    Bob Stallworthy

    Member of the public

    9:30 AM on July 16, 2020

    My wife and I support the physicians and their positions in the province of Alberta. In the last 7 years we have required the expertise and support of our Family Physician and also several specialists. We have, and continue to have, the best care possible. We thank the medical community for their dedication to their profession and their patients.

    We do not support this Minister of Health, the government of which he is a part or what he is trying to do with the healthcare system in this province.

    We are very frightened that this Minister will drive many physicians including our own out of this province. This has to be dealt with in a fair manner for both sides.

  • #8

    Jennifer

    Member of the public

    11:40 AM on July 16, 2020

    Post the Sunshine List. It does not change my mind about doctors. You are highly educated professionals who provide essential services to Alberta. My family doctor is superb and compassionately supported me through a very challeging illness. I owe him my life. Pay him all the money. He certainly does more good than Shandro!

  • #9

    Pat Scott

    Member of the public

    2:12 PM on July 16, 2020

    wow UCP will do anything to bring privatized health care into Alberta also why would doctors drop their lawsuit under any circumstances agree with Winston Churchill never ever give in or surrender unless there are honorable results . STOP MESSING WITH OUR HEALTH CARE UCP.

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