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With a commitment, we move forward

The health system remains under immense pressure. I am pleased that the Alberta health minister has made two commitments with the 2024 budget in response.

First, she has agreed to implement a new funding model for the comprehensive, lifelong care provided by family and rural physicians.

Second, she will ensure that Alberta can compete with our neighbouring provinces when it comes to retaining and recruiting physicians and medical learners.

Budget 2024 also provides more funding for the additional services that physicians are providing to more Albertans as our population continues to grow. We will work with the government to implement our AMA agreement.

I had a chance to speak with Minister Adriana LaGrange after the budget announcement. As you know, the AMA has been advocating loudly and ceaselessly for a commitment to a new comprehensive-care payment model and stabilization for family and rural medicine.

I am grateful to many members who lent their voices to our SOS campaign to save family and rural medicine. You were heard.

The minister has given me her word that we will implement the physician comprehensive care model as quickly as possible. She went further with a commitment to ensuring that Alberta will once again be competitive with other provinces for retention and recruitment — and make family and rural medicine viable across the province.

 

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The minister can move forward, now that there is money in the budget that can be used, to lock stabilization and the new payment model down and get the job done. We need to move expeditiously. The urgency is still very real.

This will allow us to work collaboratively on some of the other big pieces. I made a promise to physicians in acute specialty care that we would advocate strongly for their needs when family and rural medicine matters were starting to turn in the right direction.

We will need to keep pushing on primary care, but you will be seeing acute-care advocacy really coming to the fore. I hope we can count on members to continue to participate and show support for your colleagues in all specialties.

By the numbers, Budget 2024 has funding for primary care. There’s been an increase to the physician services budget that will offset some of the volume we have seen from population growth and add a partial funding top-up for inflation. It does not catch up, but because we negotiated a rate agreement, this is less of an issue.

Among line items in general, the specifics need to be worked out about where the money is going. We’ll be digging into that as we head into the busiest two-year period of our four-year agreement.

Dr. Paul Parks, President
Alberta Medical Association

 

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