Province announces expansion of virtual health care
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Jan 1, 2022 | 11:24
To meet the health care needs of Albertans during the COVID-19 pandemic, the provincial government says it is working with doctors to increase virtual care options.
Officials say adjustments to how physicians can bill the province will encourage more physicians to provide care virtually and make virtual health care more readily available to Albertans who need or choose to use this option.
“We know that some Albertans have postponed a doctor’s visit during the pandemic to meet their health care needs,” said Jason Copping, Minister of Health. “Improving access to virtual care is increasingly important for people who want to limit their personal interactions during the pandemic, but who need to see a doctor. Balancing payments for virtual and in-person options allows physicians to choose the best mode of care delivery without having to worry about compensation. “
“We have heard from many community physicians who are struggling to keep their practices viable during the pandemic,” adds Dr. Michelle Warren, Alberta Medical Association.. “It is important to recognize that virtual care must be valued at the same level as in-person care. These improvements will help all physicians providing virtual care – especially those practicing in the community – to continue to provide quality care to their patients while helping to financially stabilize their clinics.