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Notes from the Dome: Lower fees for family doctors, sitting's end in sight

Updated: Mar 4, 2023

Family doctors would bear the disproportionate burden of changes to doctor pay, according to a proposal the provincial government has floated before Alberta physicians.



Family doctors would bear the disproportionate burden of changes to doctor pay, according to a proposal the provincial government has floated before Alberta physicians.


A daily cap on the number of patients a doctor could be paid to see and requiring senior citizens to pay for driver medical exams are among 11 proposed changes the government said could save $262 million a year, according to documents obtained by Postmedia.


Most of the money — an estimated 85 per cent — would be clawed back from family physicians, which has irked the Alberta Medical Association.


“This is counter to sound health policy, the government’s health platform and the interest of patients, particularly elderly ones, those with chronic and complex conditions, and those living in rural or remote areas of the province,” said AMA president Dr. Christine Molnar in a letter posted on the association’s website last week.






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