THE APRIL 1st 2020 HEALTHCARE FUNDING CUTS - HOW THIS AFFECTS YOU   

March 3, 2020

To our valued patients and their families,

As your family doctors, we treasure the relationship that we have built with our patients over the years, but in light of Health Minister Shandro’s unprecedented cuts to family medicine, we are being forced to make some tough choices in order to keep serving you.

Due to Minister Shandro’s proposed cuts, as of April 1, we will have to change how we deliver our medical services to you. These changes will likely include:

  • routine visits will be booked for 10 minutes, therefore we may need additional appointment to address all of your concerns
  • prescription refills will not be issued via phone or fax
  • appointments will be needed in order to review results
  • seniors will now be charged for driver’s medicals as this is no longer covered
  • enforcing charges for uninsured services such as sick notes, forms, letters for insurance, etc.

The Alberta Medical Association (AMA) and the medical profession understand the hard economic realities in Alberta, and we have worked hard to provide solutions that do not compromise medical care. At the time that these cuts were announced, the AMA had found solutions to cover 75% of the savings the government required, and had another proposal on the way. In addition, the AMA proposed to go to arbitration to find a solution that was acceptable to both sides.

Despite this, the government is moving forward with their proposed cuts, without consultation or negotiation with the medical profession. These cuts focus on family medicine, rural medicine and the ability to spend more time with patients.

We ask for your support in calling on your elected officials to return to the negotiating table with the AMA. Let them know that their attack on family doctors and the medical home is not acceptable.

Please feel free to contact your MLA, Miranda Rosin: Phone: +1 403 609 4509  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
and our Health Minister, Tyler Shandro: Phone: +1 780 427 3665  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sincerely,

Your Bow Valley Family Physicians

About Us

Team, Careers
Students & More

About Us

Team, Careers
Students & More

Medical Team

Our doctors have specialized as family physicians (also known as general practitioners in other parts of the world), and are ready to help you face life's challenges and adventures.

Interprofessional Team

The Ridgeview Inter-Professional team works with your family doctor to provide enhanced primary care health programs and services through the promotion of health, injury prevention and chronic disease management.

Administrative Team

The Ridgeview Administrative Team are the first people you will meet when you enter the clinic, and the last ones as you leave. These are the people that make sure the clinic runs as smoothly as possible, so that we may better serve you!

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Open Jobs

Ridgeview Medical Centre accepts applications for any advertised positions.  We recommend checking back on our site periodically to see if there are positions available.

 

  • Medical Office Assistant

        Part-time, Mon - Thurs.  Applications accepted until Feb 26, 2020.

     

  • Front Desk Supervisor
    •  Full-time Mon - Fri; or Part-time Tues-Fri.  Applications accepted until Feb 26, 2020.

MEDICAL OFFICE ASSISTANT – Part-Time

Ridgeview Medical Centre is seeking an experienced Medical Office Assistant to work a combination of shifts, including day and weekend walk-in clinics.
Requirements
These positions require a commitment to being able to work permanent weekend schedules and occasional evening shifts. A rotating schedule may be considered.
The successful candidate will be required to provide a current, clear Criminal Record Check, including vulnerable sector search.
Responsibilities
These individuals perform front desk reception duties, dealing directly with our patients and physicians; provide support to the clinical team and management; and play a key role in the organization and flow of clinic operations. A calm, yet efficient demeanour and the ability to work autonomously in busy situations are key to success in this position.

How to apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter via email to the attention of the Clinic Manager.

  • Postal Address:
    Debra Kapitzke
    Clinic Manager
    Ridgeview Medical Centre
    #212-1240 Railway Avenue
    Canmore, AB T1W 1P4

Medical Students at Ridgeview

Ridgeview Medical Centre is a teaching site for residents and students from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary. It is an honour and a privilege to be asked to help train the doctors of the future.

What is a “Resident”?

A resident is a doctor who has finished medical school and is taking extra training to specialize. They work under the supervision of a licensed physician for two additional years before beginning to practice Family Medicine independently. Residents can order tests, write prescriptions, and manage most cases on their own, but may ask the licensed physician for help with difficult cases.

What is a “Clinical Clerk”?

A resident is a doctor who has finished medical school and is taking extra training to specialize. They work under the supervision of a licensed physician for two additional years before beginning to practice Family Medicine independently. Residents can order tests, write prescriptions, and manage most cases on their own, but may ask the licensed physician for help with difficult cases.

What does this mean for you?

Occasionally, your physician will have a doctor-in-training working under his or her supervision. The staff will inform you of this when you are shown to an examination room. If you do not wish to be seen by the doctor-in-training, just let a staff member know. Your comfort is our priority.

The doctor-in-training will ALWAYS review your condition and treatment plan with your doctor. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding medical students, feel free to ask your physician.

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