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Nov 01, 2023
“Premier Smith tasked me with addressing health workforce challenges and this is something I have taken seriously.
“Every Albertan deserves to have access to a regular health care provider when and where they need one.
“According to the latest data from the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta, 255 physicians have registered to practise in Alberta in the last four months. In addition to these 255 new registrants, 248 physicians and surgeons choose to remain in Alberta after completing their training.
“AHS has been able to successfully onboard 190 of those doctors to work in hospitals across the province. They have been strategically placed in both urban and rural hospitals, including communities such as Vermilion, Grande Prairie and the Crowsnest Pass.
“This is a clear sign that our efforts to recruit and retain doctors in Alberta is working.
“We are committed to strengthening Alberta’s health care system, which is why we committed to a record-breaking $2 billion towards primary health care in Budget 2023. We are continuing this important work through our Health Care Action Plan and through the Modernizing Alberta’s Primary Health Care System initiative.
“This work includes creating a primary health care division and an Indigenous division within the Health ministry, working toward a new payment model for family physicians, reducing the administrative burden for primary care providers and their teams, providing an initial investment of $57 million over three years to help family physicians and nurse practitioners across the province with growing patient caseloads, and implementing a nurse practitioner compensation model to add capacity to the system and help more Albertans access health care in their communities.
“There is more work to do, but these positive numbers are a sign that our plan is working.”