New payment model will see Alberta’s nurse practitioners make 80% what family doctors make – CBC

‘It will add more health capacity in communities across the province,’ minister says

Apr 25, 2024

The Alberta government has launched a new payment model it says will allow nurse practitioners to set up their own practices, or work within pre-existing clinics, and get paid directly by the government.

Until now, Alberta’s nurse practitioners (NPs) have not been able to work autonomously, through the publicly funded system, because there was no direct funding model in place.

The new, $15-million program will see NPs make approximately 80 per cent of what family doctors earn, providing they meet a number of requirements including caring for a minimum of 900 patients.

“It will add more health capacity in communities across the province,” said Health Minister Adriana LaGrange, touting it as one tool her government is using to address the family doctor shortage.

“It will give Albertans more access to a regular health-care provider who they can develop a long-term relationship with … and it will help take pressure off the rest of the health-care system.”

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