Alberta government, doctors, reach tentative deal
Published Wednesday, March 21, 2012 12:26PM EDT
EDMONTON - The Alberta government says it has reached a tentative contract deal with the province's doctors.
The proposed agreement is for a 2.5 per cent increase to physician fees this year and another 2.5 per cent retroactive to April 2011.
The deal provides a total of $181 million in new compensation.
It also allows the Alberta Medical Association and Alberta Health Services to give input into the government's health policy.
Limited arbitration with respect to doctors' fees for insured services is also part of the proposal.
Alberta's doctors have had an uneasy relationship with the government -- allegations have been made that physicians were intimidated into keeping quiet about their concerns over health care.