The impending legislative changes for Bill 30 will have consequences for the profession and how we practice, as well as our freedom to advocate for our patient's needs.
The patient-physician relationship is at risk. 1/ albertadoctors.org/services/media…
It is unacceptable that the Alberta Medical Association was not consulted on the development of Bill 30's significant reforms to our health care system. 2/ albertadoctors.org/services/media…
Issues being raised by members include:
- Process for appointment to regulatory bodies. How will members to these bodies be appointed? What are the steps that will ensure these members are truly reflective of all Albertans? What skill sets will they bring to the organization? 3/
As physicians, we take the privilege of practicing medicine and our responsibility to our patients seriously. We also understand our ethical responsibility to speak up if situations arise that endanger quality care or access for our patients. albertadoctors.org/services/media… /1
We are not only stewards of #healthcare, but function as part of an early warning system to protect the public. This is our social contract. It exists with our patients, both individually and collectively. /2
The Canada Health Act clearly states provinces are required to support a health care system that meets principles of accessibility, comprehensiveness, universality & portability. It must provide reasonable compensation for insured health services rendered by med. practitioners./3
"We unanimously reject unilateral actions taken by this government regarding physician services. We will not enter into discussions without AMA representation AMA." - Section of Addiction Medicine @shandro#ableg#abpoli 1/40
"We unanimously reject unilateral actions taken by this government regarding physician services. We will not enter into discussions without AMA representation." - Section of Anesthesia @shandro#ableg#abpoli 2/40
"We unanimously reject unilateral actions taken by this government regarding physician services. We will not enter into discussions without AMA representation." - Section of Cardiology @shandro#ableg#abpoli 3/40
"If you told me a year ago that I would serve the Minister of Health with a Statement of Claim for a constitutional challenge, in the midst of the worst public health crisis in a century, I would have been incredulous. Yet, that is what happened this am." albertadoctors.org/services/media…
"The claim is registered on behalf of all AMA members because @yourAlberta has left us with few alternatives, in the midst of the worst public health crisis in a century, but to defend our interests, and those of our patients, in court." @shandro@GoAHealth#COVID19
"We are all aware of the long path of negotiations w/ @yourAlberta since the fall. The AMA
-negotiated in good faith & sought to engage in constructive negotiations
-engaged in mediation
-offered reasonable alternatives & savings to more efficiently deliver health care in AB."
Government “offered” that physicians pay for all future population growth and inflation out of physician compensation and by making I’ll-advised changes that will do immense harm to the public care system. Yes we turned it down.” @shandro@jkenney#yourHealthCare 1/6
The AMA offered immediate savings & suggested binding arbitration to resolve our differing views on compensation. We also offered a public commission—government, public, physicians—to advise the @GoAHealth Minister. 2/6
@shandro's poorly considered and ill-advised changes will damage patients & reduce services. He needs the advice and he needs to bring the public in. #yourHealthCare 3/6
What's at stake? Only a generation of young physicians!
The government has introduced legislation that will allow it to restrict entry to Alberta. The conditions for entry will be managed by Alberta Health: where the doctor practices, with whom and how. #physiciansupply 1/6
Because there is no contract, healthcare decisions are being made solely by politicians & not #healthcare practitioners. A torn up contract means there are no limits on what conditions the Minister can put in place for doctors, clinics & patients. @shandro@jkenney 2/6