ACFP Registered as a Lobbyist
In early 2020, we reached a threshold of time spent communicating and meeting with government. Because of this, the Alberta College of Family Physicians has become a registered 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?”)
News & Events
Read our President’s July 2020 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 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. All lobbyist activity has been reported since January 1, 2020. Below is a brief summary of our activity for the period June to December 2020. Further updates will be uploaded with every reporting cycle.
SUMMARY OF ACTIVITY
Through either meetings, written communications (hard copy, or electronic), phone calls, social media, or grassroots communications, we performed the following lobbyist activities:
- Lobbied for engagement and involvement of family physicians in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and to build awareness of the willingness of family physicians to educate all patients regarding the safety and efficacy of the vaccines, to administer as vaccines become universally available, and to provide compassionate and comprehensive care and follow-up through the pandemic and beyond.
- Continued to reiterate 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.
- Lobbied for health reform in Alberta through the advancement of the quadruple aim optimizing health system performance by simultaneously pursuing four aspects of quality: patient experience of care (including quality and satisfaction), health of populations, reducing the per capita cost of providing healthcare, and healthcare worker experience in providing care.
- Lobbied for increased effort to build primary care stability and interdisciplinary teams for all communities through the right funding model for rural and urban communities.
- Lobbied for building physician leadership in Alberta in meetings with the Associate Deputy Minister of Health, including the need for investment in physician leadership in Alberta, that all high performing systems require high performing leaders. Discussed the urgent need to share a clear, compelling vision for the future of the health care system in order to build collective action for better care for Albertans.
- Continued to lobby against the decision to terminate negotiations between Alberta Health and the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) and requested that immediate steps be taken towards repairing the damaged relationship between the government and family physicians.
- Lobbied for the integration of health and social systems to optimize resources available and support health and well-being of Albertans with complex and chronic conditions.
- Continued to lobby for all supports, services, and resources for all family physicians whether they be located in urban centres or rural communities, emergency departments or clinics, supported by AHS or not.
- Continued to express strong concerns about the challenges currently facing the public health care system, i.e. current billing arrangements.
- Discussed the advancement and implementation of the Patient’s Medical Home (PMH) with Minister Shandro and how funding might work for team-based care.
- Participated in the Alberta Government’s Public Health Act Consultation regarding proposed changes to the Public Health Act.
- Provided a detailed response on behalf of family physicians to inform the development of 17 proposed amendments to the Health Professions Act to Improve Regulatory Effectiveness and Efficiency, stating its support or non-support for each, reasons for its position, other concerns, comments, qualifications, and general comments.