Funding Models

The clinical ARP compensates physicians based on a specified service delivery model.  The three models currently available are: 

Annualized Model

Compensation is based on the number of physician full-time equivalents required to deliver the clinical services within the clinical ARP. A full-time equivalent (FTE) is a time-based unit of measure (e.g., hours per year or days per year). Annualized clinical ARPs are the most common within Alberta. There are currently 39 annualized ARPs in Alberta.

Sessional Model

Compensation is based on an hourly rate for the delivery of clinical services. The sessional model is intended for part-time participation by a physician up to an equivalent of two days per week (approximately 16 hours). This model primarily applies to small specialized programs.  There are currently 19 sessional ARPs in Alberta.

Blended Capitation Model (BCM)

Blended Capitation Model (demonstration / pilot project)

Alberta Health, the Alberta Medical Association and Alberta Health Services have developed this new model for primary care physicians that blends capitation and fee-for-service payments.  This model supports continuity and comprehensive team-based care aligned with the Patient’s Medical Home, with an overall focus on improvements to both patient and provider satisfaction.

The goal of the new compensation model is to provide:

  • Albertans – with increased access to primary health care, through strong relationships to their primary care physicians and improved continuity of care.
  • physicians – with the flexibility to provide services in different ways so they can spend more time with patients and deliver comprehensive care that encourages health promotion, wellness and enhanced collaborative care.
  • government – with a more sustainable health system with better accountability, stability and budget predictability.

For further information on the Blended Capitation Model contact:

Alberta Health: Rebecca Gibeault 

Alberta Medical Association:  Christine deMontigny


Note: Two historical capitation clinical ARP programs are still in operation. For both programs, compensation is based on an annual capitation amount per rostered patient. One program has a roster comprised of formally enrolled urban patients and the other has a roster comprised of patients in a rural geographic area. These historical models are no longer available to new applicants. New applicants interested in a capitation model should review the details for the new Blended Capitation model.

Stakeholders Roles

Stakeholders Roles

Roles that the physicians, Alberta Health Services, Alberta Health, and the Alberta Medical Association play in clinical ARPs.

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