Advocacy Resources for Physicians and Albertans

Resources for physicians and Albertans to assist with their advocacy efforts for physicians to reach a negotiated agreement with the Government of Alberta with access to arbitration.

What are the main messages for conversations with my patients?

  • The AMA has repeatedly told Alberta Health that their funding changes would have devastating consequences, but they didn’t listen to those concerns and implemented them with little regard for the impact it would have on Albertans.
  • In light of Alberta’s economic challenges, government needs to work with physicians to make decisions that will not negatively impact patient care.
  • The changes imposed in the Physician Funding Framework are forcing many physicians to rearrange how they offer patient services.
  • Physicians’ number one priority is sustaining care for patients.
  • Community medical offices are small businesses with the same types of expenses as other small Alberta businesses. The Physician Funding Framework changes threaten the viability of these businesses.

What are the main messages for discussions with my MLA or others?

  • Physicians have designated the AMA as their representative on all matters including physician compensation, the Alternative Relationship Plans, the Schedule of Medical Benefits, and policies including physician supply and physician recruitment. Government must recognize the AMA's right to represent and negotiate for physicians.
  • During negotiations, the AMA offered government an across the board cut to physician fees. This cut to fees is understood to be larger than any offer the government has received from any other public sector workers.
  • The AMA has repeatedly told Alberta Health that their funding changes would have devastating consequences, but they didn’t listen to those concerns and implemented them with little regard for the impact it would have on Albertans.
  • The government is citing misleading information about Alberta physician payments relative to colleagues in other provinces. The AMA prepared an analysis on this for negotiations with government and it indicates that Alberta physicians are not overpaid.
  • Physicians need fair and reasonable negotiations toward an agreement and the right to third-party arbitration, which is something that every other essential service provider has.

How can I get involved?

For Physicians, Join the AMA’s Physician Campaign

The AMA recently launched a campaign enabling physicians to encourage their MLA and Health Minister Tyler Shandro to put Patients First® and get back to the bargaining table. Please visit our campaign page to have your voice heard.

For the Public, Join the AMA’s Public Campaign

For physicians, the health of Albertans is our number one priority. Alberta is known around the world for timely access to quality, affordable health care. Due to decisions made by the Government of Alberta, that reputation could be at risk. E-mail your MLA and tell them now is not the time to mess with Alberta's health care system. Help them put Patients First® in this crisis.

For Everyone, Host a Rally to Rescue Your Health

Communities across Alberta are coming together to Rally to Rescue Health Care.The first rally, hosted in Pincher Creek on June 30, will bring Albertans together (safely) to show their support for physicians and to tell the government to get back to the bargaining table with the AMA. Watch it on Facebook Live for ideas on how to rally your community into action. 

Physician Compensation

For updated information on physician compensation, visit the AMA’s Billing Corner.

Resources

Myth Buster - Did AMA fail to propose ideas to reduce costs?

Dr. Howard Evans is a Urological Surgeon from Edmonton and a member of the AMA’s Board of Directors. Watch as he clarifies some myths that the AMA failed to bring forward any proposals for how to reduce costs.

Myth Buster – Rural physicians working with the AMA

Dr. Samantha Myhr is a family physician from Pincher Creek, Alberta. Watch as she clarifies some myths and shares her experience with the AMA as a member of the grassroots Rural Sustainability Group.

Additional Resources

Additional resources are available for AMA members, member login is required.

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