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Alberta to implement recommendations to improve access to health care – Okotoks Online

Oct 19 2023

The province is moving forward on recommendations that have been made to improve access to primary health care.

Health Minister Adriana LaGrange provided details on the plan in an update on Alberta’s healthcare system yesterday (October 18, 2023).

“Today, I am pleased to announce a number of actions that will help to stabilize and strengthen Alberta’s Primary Health Care System. First, we will be forming a task force with a number of specific tasks including developing including developing an improved compensation model for Family Medicine with the goal to better support physicians and their teams to have a viable practice that can meet all of the care needs for their patients,” said LaGrange.

The task force will begin their work immediately and are expected to give an interim report in January and a final report by March.

Those recommendations include the following:

  • Creating a primary health care division within Alberta Health.
  • Allocating $57 million over three years to provide family doctors and nurse practitioners with support to help manage their increasing number of patients. Each provider has the potential to receive up to $10,000 annually.

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