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 7: Overhead
Fees paid to physicians include both funding for the cost of their services and funding for overhead such as equipment, supplies, leases and technical staff – essentially the overhead costs a doctor has in their own practice. We know this is an important cost – that is why we pay for it through the fees.
We want to ensure physicians are not billing overhead costs for work they deliver in an AHS facility – because those overhead costs are already provided by the public health facility.