Today’s top health news story, according to this old fart. is about reported cuts to the income of doctors in Alberta, where Dr. Christine Molnar, the head of the Alberta Medical Association, is NOT a happy camper about recent changes to physician compensation that her government made. She told the Canadian Press that the provincial budget is holding the line on physician compensation at $5.4 billion, a 20% cut as costs go up and billing fee changes are instituted.
Alberta Medical Association Rebels Against Budget Changes
Molnar said, “It creates a level of incredible uncertainty for a business to operate. The reduction’s compounded by the fact the province has cancelled the master agreement with the association, and it can now raise or lower billing fees with no consultation with physicians.”
In defense of his government’s actions, Alberta Health Minister, Tyler Shandro, says he’s making changes on multiple fronts to reduce costs and redistribute those savings to improve patient care. Changes that, beginning April 1, the Alberta Medical Association says could be devastating to doctors in rural and family practices.
Changes Are Being made On Multiple Fronts
But the fight isn’t over. Molnar said, “This whole vilification of physicians is based on data that we fundamentally disagree with, and in the weeks to come, doctors and the AMA will do townhalls and use social media to fight back against the government’s messaging on their salaries.”
Alberta has a long history of conflicts with it’s medical association, perhaps because of the association’s pro-patient stance. There have been many rumours every since the Klein government about doctors being bullied and threatened for attributing disease to a particular industry, and a whole host of subsequent lawsuits.
Doctors, Nurses, Teachers And Police Should Be Highest Paid
Now it’s this old fart’s opinion that the four highest paid professions in Canada should be physicians, nurses, teachers and law enforcement officers, who by the very nature of their work can put their own health and safety at extreme risk.
So, I suggest that Alberta close the doors on its anti-green, hate inciting and death promoting “War Room”, and direct the funds to people who are serving the province, not those serving foreign corporations.
And if there ain’t enough to make up the shortfall, well, I further suggest a significant reduction to the salaries of elected officials to make up the difference. After all, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander, now ain’t it?
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