To protect our universally accessible, publicly funded health care system, we need to take meaningful action to improve key components of our system.
A new physician compensation agreement with the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) is needed.
As part of the consultations, the Government of Alberta has made 11 proposals to the AMA to help build a stronger and more sustainable health system while managing physician spending growth.
Proposal 6: Daily caps
Currently, Alberta’s physician fee system has no limits on the number of patient visits a physician can claim in one day. This can lead to large patient loads, which may compromise patient safety and quality of care, as well as contribute to physician burnout.
We are capping the number of daily patient visits to enable physicians to practice within reasonable patient loads. Physicians would still be able to see up to 65 patients in a single day, but this change would give physicians more time with patients and help reduce burnout. On average, a general physician sees 22 patients per day and a specialist sees 13 patients per day in an office.
This cap only applies to office visits, not hospital visits. The cap does not apply to rural locations.