Alberta doctors' billings to be made public within next two months
2020-09-11 from cbc.ca
Albertans will soon be able to see how much their doctor bills the provincial government, but some physicians argue the billing totals won't provide enough context.
The province will make their gross fee-for-service payments to physicians public within the next 60 days.
Physician payment data to be published will be from the last three fiscal years, dating back to 2017-18, said Steve Buick, press secretary to Health Minister Tyler Shandro.
The move would effectively create a sunshine list, with doctor's names and payments to be posted online for the public to see, similar to lists already published for high-paid public service employees.
B.C., Ontario, Manitoba, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador already disclose physician compensation.
But Alberta's website on physician pay — which is already being developed — will have "the most comprehensive disclosure of physician payments in Canada," Buick said in an email to CBC News on Thursday.
Alberta's sunshine list will include the gross payments to doctors but also "items such as the number of patients served," Buick wrote.
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