Lethbridge isn’t the only place feeling a doctor shortage in Southern Alberta, the Town of Fort Macleod is dealing with a similar issue. In an attempt to recruit new doctors, the town is offering a $10,000 incentive for physicians who sign a five-year commitment through AHS. An official with the town says they hope this incentive will help with a doctor shortage as there are only two working doctors in Fort Macleod right now.
“It’s very evident that the province is experiencing a doctor shortage and like I said there are many rural communities that need a doctor. There are some programs out there working with those communities and working with doctors to try and get them placed there and so we just decided that this might entice them to come to our community. We feel like once they are here, they’d really be able to experience the great community that we have and hopefully get them to stay much longer-term than just five years,” said Anthony Burdett, Chief Administrative Officer with the Town of Fort Macleod.
Anyone who is interested in signing on is being asked to contact the town directly or the Fort Macleod Chamber of Commerce.