ACFP Registers as a Lobbyist
In recent months, we have reached a threshold of time spent communicating and meeting with government. Because of this, the Alberta College of Family Physicians has registered as a Lobbyist.
What is Lobbying?
As defined by the Alberta Lobbyist Registry, lobbying means “to communicate with a public office holder, directly or through grassroots communication, in an attempt to influence matters relating to:
- the development, enactment, introduction, amendment, passage or defeat of legislation (including legislative proposals, bills, resolutions, regulations and orders in council);
- the development, establishment, amendment, or termination of any program, policy, directive or guideline of the Government or a prescribed Provincial entity;
- the awarding of any grant or financial benefit by or on behalf of the Government or a prescribed Provincial entity;
- decisions by the Executive Council or a member of the Executive Council to transfer from the Crown for consideration all or part of, or any interest in or asset of, any business, enterprise or institution that provides goods or services to the Crown, a prescribed Provincial entity, or the public; or
- decisions by the Executive Council or a member of the Executive Council to have the private sector, instead of the Crown, provide goods and services to the Government”
(Office of the Ethics Commission, “What is Lobbying and am I a Lobbyist?”)
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Read our President’s Message -ACFP is Advocating for You to learn more about our lobbying efforts.
What it Means to be a Lobbyist
As a registered lobbyist, the ACFP now files a report every six months with the public registry which includes a list of all our activity in which we have been working to bring the voice of family physicians to elected leaders, bureaucrats, and the health authority in Alberta.
To learn more visit: www.albertalobbyistregistry.ca and search Alberta College of Family Physicians or see further information below.
The reporting cycle for lobbyists in Alberta is semi-annual. We have recently reported all of our activity since January 2020, below is a brief summary of our activity which will be updated with every reporting cycle.
Through either meetings, written communications (hard copy, or electronic), phone calls, social media, or grassroots communications, we performed the following lobbyist activities:
- Lobbied against the decision to terminate negotiations between Alberta Health and the Alberta Medical Association (AMA).
- Expressed strong concerns about the challenges currently facing the public health care system, i.e. current billing arrangements.
- Lobbied for the value of family physicians by presenting two petition documents that opposed the budget cuts targeted at family physicians.
- Reiterated that the health and welfare of family physicians and their families remain at high risk during the COVID-19 pandemic, and that support for and value of, family physician work is vital to the containment and elimination of this extremely contagious and deadly virus.
- Discussed several areas where family physicians play a role in the health care system and presented the College of Family Physicians of Canada 2019 Vision for the Patient’s Medical Home (PMH).
- Lobbied that the Alberta Government and Alberta Health Services’ decision to not include community-based physicians in the groups to be supported for personal protective equipment (PPE) and requested community-based physicians be included in the group to be supported.
- Supported the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians and the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada in their plea that during COVID-19, urban and rural referral sites support each other and act as a unified system of emergency care.
- Requested Alberta Health to pause funding framework changes and negotiate in good faith with the Alberta Medical Association after the pandemic.
- Lobbied for increased effort to build stability and interdisciplinary teams for all communities through the right funding model for rural and urban communities where there is a hospital, extended care, community care centres, and other points of care.
- Encouraged people to see or call their family doctor rather than using Telus Babylon or the @TelusHelp app as it does not connect a patient to their own doctor whom they have been seeing for years, nor does it provide the full range of services that conventional general practices do.
- Discussed the need for a new or revised policy and funding for knowledge translation, tools and supports that build competency and confidence in family physicians and teams who work with patients in regards to chronic pain, mental health, and addictions management in their practices.