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Doctors lobby patients over fee dispute

EDMONTON — The Alberta Medical Association will be lobbying medical patients for their support in the ongoing dispute with the province over physician fees.

The association says information brochures will be handed out at doctor’s offices starting next month that accuse the government of not honouring a fee agreement that was reached before the last election.

Association president Michael Giuffre (joo-free) says the brochures will inform patients about the dispute and how they can contact their member of the legislature.

In November, the government imposed a four-year, $463-million wage package on physicians after months of talks.

The association and the government are expected to resume formal contract talks with the help of a mediator early in the new year.

Health Minister Fred Horne has said the association needs to understand that there is a limit to what the government can afford to spend on physicians.



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