Alberta lost three family doctors, gained 250 specialists between June and September amid ongoing dispute between government and physicians

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“Alberta pays more than any other province, has lower taxes, and now has the most attractive compensation package available for rural and remote doctors in Canada,” he wrote.

At the end of September there were 11,152 physicians registered on the in-province registers. This number reflects an increase of 247 from the last quarter, and an increase of 246 from the same period in 2019.

Of the 294 doctors recorded as being newly-registered, nine returned to Alberta, 142 were entering the profession after being trained in Alberta, 139 are newly-licensed in Alberta but trained elsewhere, and four doctors had their names reinstated.

Of the doctors counted under losses, 13 left the province, four gave up their licences, five were suspended or lost their licences, three died and 22 retired.

The CPSA numbers count physicians who maintained an active licence, but it does not necessarily mean they were actively practicing.

Compared to last year, there was an increase of 331 specialists and a net decrease of 85 non-specialists, or general practitioners.

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