Coronavirus is just getting started. So why are Alberta and its doctors fighting?
2020-03-25 from thestar.com
For Darren Markland, an intensive care physician in Edmonton, there are now two distinct types of dread.
“You know that feeling of dread you have every morning when you check the news cycle and see the number of cases that are out there in the world?” he says.
“I have that. But I also have this dread that the system that I’ve worked in is being purposefully undermined and destroyed,” he says. “And that scares me.”
Like their counterparts around the world, doctors across Alberta are gearing up for an expected battle against novel coronavirus as its silent spread across the country morphs into a growing number of gravely ill people. But they’ll do so surrounded by what they say is a cloud of uncertainty, as a new funding framework for doctors kicks in at the end of the month.
Some are worried provincial response to the biggest public health crisis in living memory could be weakened by the months-long battle over compensation and cost-cutting, or stoke uncertainty in frontline services when they’re most needed.
The question is, will patients be caught in the crossfire?
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