Concerned about access to family doctors in Alberta? You're not alone.

Help us ensure Budget 2024 prioritizes family and rural medicine for a better, healthier Alberta.

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The Facts Behind Our Healthcare Crisis:

The reality for healthcare in Alberta is concerning. The availability of the essential services family doctors provide is in jeopardy. There is an urgent need to invest in these vital clinics and ensure continued access to healthcare for Albertans.

There is a looming crisis in our healthcare system. With a third of the province's primary care physicians considering stepping away from their practices sooner than expected, Alberta faces the potential for a significant gap in patient care and access to medical services.

Family doctor practices are hanging on by a thread. In Alberta, a striking 90% of family doctors are worried about the financial health of their practices. There is a critical challenge in our province's healthcare system and risks to the accessibility and quality of primary care for Albertans.

There is a real threat to healthcare accessibility, leading to longer wait times and reduced access for patients. It's a clear sign that steps need to be taken to support family doctors and primary care, ensuring that Albertans continue to receive the timely and effective healthcare they rely on.

Albertans need more family and rural (generalist) physicians, providing comprehensive care from a patient’s birth to end of life.

When you have access to comprehensive care in your own medical home, you always have some where to talk about your physical and mental health issues. If you are sick, the doctor and their team can figure out what’s wrong. If you have to deal with an injury or chronic condition, the information, support or monitoring you need will be there.

This is the foundation of your care. It’s also the most important factor in a sustainable healthcare system. Around the world, evidence shows that access to a primary care physician working with a team means that:
  • Patients receive timely care.
  • Patients get help to manage their chronic conditions.
  • Fewer patients show up in emergency rooms, reducing hospital overload and wait times.
  • Disease and illness are diagnosed early with fewer avoidable deaths.
  • There are fewer hospitalizations in general, saving money for the system.
This is what should happen, but too often it does not. There is an international competition for physicians. Alberta has fallen behind other provinces that are acting to keep and attract doctors and provide an environment where comprehensive primary care can thrive.
Alberta’s family and rural generalist doctors have provided proposals to government about what it will take to save small business clinics that are on the brink of failure. These changes can also make Alberta once again a place where doctors, resident physicians and medical students are eager to come.

On December 21, the Minister of Health announced with the AMA that they will apply apply $200 million over two years from federal primary care funding to immediate stabilization of family and rural generalist physician practices.

This is a great down payment and first step. The Minister has promised additional investment toward stabilization and to support physicians in all the requirements of comprehensive patient care. These things need to be reflected in Budget 2024, and we are working to make sure the province follows through. That's why we need your help.

Join thousands of Albertans who are working towards a better Alberta. Together we can guarantee an investment in the prosperity and health of our province.

Thank you for your ongoing dedication and support towards PatientsFirst. Together, let's seize this opportunity to create a stronger Alberta, ensuring a better future for health care and the well-being of all its residents.
For more information, check out the Alberta Medical Association

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