May 28th, 2024

Alberta to pay nurse practitioners up to 80 per cent what family doctors make

By The Canadian Press on April 25, 2024.

Alberta Health Minister Adriana LaGrange makes a health-care announcement in Calgary on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2023. The Alberta government has announced a new payment model that would allow nurse practitioners to make 80 per cent of what family doctors are paid. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol

EDMONTON – The Alberta government has announced a new payment model that would allow nurse practitioners to make 80 per cent of what family doctors are paid.

Health Minister Adriana LaGrange says nurses eligible for the payment plan must commit to caring for 900 patients and operate their clinics on weekends, evenings and holidays.

She says compensation will depend on how many patients are being served.

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith says Albertans have struggled to access primary care services and the program should help address those problems.

LaGrange says the program is to be made available to 50 nurse practitioners and they have two years to get 900 patients.

The province is to review the program in five years to ensure it’s meeting primary care needs.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 25, 2024.

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