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'It's going to be a disaster': Doctors speak out against proposed funding changes

Updated: Mar 3, 2023

Alberta Medical Association says it has received thousands of calls and emails from doctors

With a deadline looming, Alberta doctors are speaking out against so-called "ten-minute medicine" — what they say will become the norm in the province if changes proposed by the government proceed.

"It's going to be a disaster," said Dr. Fozia Alvi, who works in Airdrie. "I'm worried about my complex patients — like patients with cancer and diabetes, high blood pressure, pain issues — that we won't be able to spend time with them."

Depending on where practices are located, changes could lead to a 20 to 40 per cent cut in gross earnings for doctors before they pay overhead costs, according to Christine Molnar, Alberta Medical Association president.



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