12/03/2015 12:32 EST | Updated 12/03/2015 12:59 EST

Alberta Doctors Express Objections To Salaries Being Made Public

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EDMONTON — Alberta's doctors are concerned about having details of their pay made public under the province's expanded salary disclosure legislation.

The Alberta Medical Association has sent a letter to the government stating their objection to Bill 5, the Public Sector Compensation Transparency Act.

The bill — introduced last month — requires the disclosure of high-end salaries for all employees of public sector bodies, including Alberta Health Services and post-secondary institutions.

Dr. Carl Nohr, the association's president, says in the letter that publicizing members' salaries will not give the public an accurate picture of doctors' incomes because it won't take into account their high operating costs.

Nohr also says revealing the information could lead to unintended consequences, such as criminals targeting doctors' homes and families.

Health Minister Sarah Hoffman says she understands the association's concerns, but she believes the public deserves to know what the government is spending on public services, including pay for doctors and teachers.

"We really value the contributions of physicians, and I think that Albertans have a good reason to want to know what the compensation level is,'' Hoffman said Wednesday. (Global Edmonton)

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