EDMONTON — The Alberta government appears to be making peace with the Alberta Medical Association, reaching an agreement in principle on a new funding deal for doctors.
The association says the government has backed off its plan to cut programs and benefits at the end of this month that would have cost family physicians and general practitioners about $35,000 per year.
Association president Dr. Patrick White says all programs will continue until at least June 30 as the two sides work to finalize the three-year deal.
The proposed agreement calls for a rate freeze in the first two years and an increase to doctors in the third that would be tied to a cost of living formula.
In a letter to physicians, White says talks with the government were marked by threats of program cuts to intimidate doctors.
White says that tactic diminished the value of the government’s relationship with the medical profession.