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Alberta government closing in on new pay model to attract family doctors

The Alberta government says it's closing in on a new deal for family doctor pay, but a physicians' group says it must include those with small patient rosters.

The details of the framework announced Wednesday have yet to be hammered out, including specific pay rates.

"This compensation model will provide the necessary supports so family medicine and rural generalist physicians can provide Albertans with the lifelong care they need and that they deserve," Health Minister Adriana LaGrange said at a news conference Wednesday.

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British doctors seek jobs abroad amid discontent over NHS pay

British doctors seek jobs abroad amid discontent over NHS pay

Thousands of doctors in the United Kingdom who work for the National Health Service are going on strike — again — starting Saturday in a dispute with the government over pay. In the last few years, health professionals have been increasingly unhappy about their wages and conditions with the NHS. That’s led many doctors to leave the U.K. for the United States, Canada and other countries.

The National Health Service is famous around the world for being free of charge at the point of delivery. It’s funded through general taxation, and, although you can pay to be treated privately, most Brits still rely on and value the NHS, including U.S.-born actor Rob Delaney, who lives in London. He’s been supporting the doctors strikes.

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B.C. government entices U.K. doctors with double the pay

B.C. government entices U.K. doctors with double the pay

The B.C. government is courting doctors and nurses in the United Kingdom, touting wages that are double what they’re making now.

However, a B.C.-based physician recruiter said this province remains one of the hardest places for internationally trained doctors to get into, which is frustrating for them and British Columbians without access to one.

Those riding the Tube in London or buses in Glasgow might notice Government of B.C. advertisements that read: “Providing care for families should allow you to provide for yours” or “A better deal for family doctors, more time for patients.”

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Ford, Trudeau sign $3.1B health-care funding deal that will see Ontario hire more health workers

Ford, Trudeau sign $3.1B health-care funding deal that will see Ontario hire more health workers

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford signed an agreement on Friday that details how the province must spend $3.1 billion in federal funding earmarked for health care. 

As part of the deal, the provincial government must create new primary health-care teams, which include family doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists and social workers. The province will also open another 700 spots in medical education programs — including 70 in Northern Ontario — and improve its tracking and reporting of health data by upgrading digital infrastructure across the system.

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