Physicians are critical to our healthcare system. We understand changes to compensation for Alberta’s physicians have caused concern. We share a joint focus and responsibility for patients and we appreciate the continued professionalism demonstrated by Alberta Health Services’ (AHS) physicians through this transition, and their continued commitment to caring for patients and families.
AHS is working towards ending payments to physicians that are supplemental to fee for services (FFS) billings. These changes were identified in the AHS Review Report and the Alberta Health (AH) Physician Funding Framework.
Many of these supplemental payments pre-date AHS and were established for a number of reasons, including recruitment/retention and to address service delivery needs. There is provincial inconsistency in the way these stipends are applied and AHS has conducted a review of the stipend programs to identify how best to transition them. For physicians moving to alternative relationship plans, start dates will be staggered over the next weeks and months as all parties work together to develop the new arrangements.
Given the timing of the ratification process, in order to minimize uncertainty for physicians, implementation timelines will be extended as outlined below.
AHS has and will continue to work diligently and collaboratively to implement solutions that recognize the value of physician’s work, the needs of our patients and the sustainability of our healthcare system.
We are committed to a fair and transparent process during this transition.
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