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 5: Diagnostic image billing appropriateness
Alberta’s list of physician fee codes is unnecessarily complex. Different doctors will bill taxpayers for the same service, but in different ways.
We propose streamlining physician billing for areas like Diagnostic Imaging. Today, sometimes doctors bill multiple fee codes, when it’s more appropriate to bill a single fee code.