Updated: Mar 3
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."
Doctor says Alberta's proposed funding changes will result in '10-minute medicine'
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.