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Alternative Relationship Plans (ARP)

If you are a physician, learn about the different ways you can be compensated through academic medicine or clinical ARP.

Services and information

Many Alberta physicians are compensated under the AMHSP to provide patient care as well as to do research, teach or lead.

A Clinical ARP compensates physicians for providing a set of clinical services at defined facilities to a target population.

Learn about Annualized Clinical ARP compensation and the forms you need you set up and manage an ARP under this model.

Learn about Sessional Clinical ARP compensation for part-time participation, forms you need you set up and manage this ARP model.

Learn about the Blended Capitation ARP model and how it increases access to primary health care for Albertans.

Purpose of an ARP

The ARP program develops compensation strategies to remunerate physicians for providing defined program services other than by fee for service.

Approximately 2,200 physicians in Alberta practice part-time or full-time under both clinical and academic ARPs. Work continues to enable physicians to join and benefit from the advantages of ARPs.

ARPs may be suitable for physician groups of all specialties, in rural or urban areas, and for existing or new programs. Physician groups or Alberta Health Services may initiate ARPs.

The purpose of an ARP is to provide innovation in clinical service and enhance other areas of the health care system, including:

  1. recruitment and retention
  2. team-based approach
  3. access
  4. patient satisfaction
  5. value for money


Connect with the Alternative Compensation Delivery Unit:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-643-1436
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Fax: 780-422-5208
Email: [email protected]

Alberta Health
Alternative Compensation Delivery Unit
Provider Compensation and Strategic Partnerships Branch
PO Box 1360, Station Main
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 2N3