New agreement supports physician recruitment and retention

Doctors have ratified a four-year agreement that will support ongoing efforts to recruit and retain physicians

Doctors have ratified a new four-year agreement that will support ongoing efforts to recruit and retain physicians, while also improving access to specialists and care in rural and remote communities, according to a media release from the provincial Ministry of Health.

“Ensuring that families and seniors across British Columbia are able to access the care they need is a priority for our government,” said Health Minister Michael de Jong. “We are pleased that doctors have voted in favour of this agreement.”

The agreement is valued at approximately $100 million over two years, $49 million for the first year and $51 million for the second year – a 1.5 per cent increase in each year.

Funding for the first two years of the agreement includes $10 million to enhance the supply and stability of doctors in rural and remote communities as well as access to emergency care.

Doctors working in rural and remote communities face unique circumstances compared to their urban colleagues. The $10 million is to enhance physician services in rural and remote communities in B.C. This money will support the delivery of stable community practices and emergency room services as well as support ongoing training and skill development for physicians and locum coverage during vacancies.

The agreement also includes:

* $27 million for increased costs of providing insured services.

* $18 million to support and sustain full-service family practices in B.C. and ensure all British Columbians have access to primary care by 2015.

* $18 million to enhance access to specialty medical services.

* $14 million to respond to recruitment and retention issues for doctors on service or salary contracts.

* $10 million (plus $10 million from existing) to address difficulties in recruiting and retaining specialists.

* $2.7 million to support new procedures and advancements.

* $0.5 million for shared care between specialists and GPs.

 

“This four-year agreement will not only support access to care for patients but also provides doctors with the support they need to deliver comprehensive care in the areas of chronic disease management, maternity care, mental health and seniors care,” said de Jong. “The agreement also includes important funding to recruit and retain more specialists.”

 

 

Just Posted

VIDEO: This is what buying legal pot in B.C. looks like

Take a look inside B.C.’s first and only legal pot shop located in Kamloops

Editor, The Times:

Staying true to core beliefs of family, friends, community, and our freedoms

‘Police are ready’ for legal pot, say Canadian chiefs

But Canadians won’t see major policing changes as pot becomes legal

Mellow opening to B.C.’s only legal pot shop

About five people lined up early for the opening of the BC Cannabis Store in Kamloops.

Jagmeet Singh says marijuana pardons are not enough

Trudeau government will streamline pardon process for Canadians convicted of simple possession of marijuana in the past

BC Ferries begins taking debit in two-month pilot project

Company is giving customers option to use Interac on two-month trial on select vessels

Caregivers banned from smoking, growing cannabis around children-in-care: MCFD

Ministry has limited cannabis use for caregivers, stating it may “pose a risk to children and youth.”

Cheaper strains sell out within minutes on online BC Cannabis Store

Province says new strains will become available in the coming months

Just 7% of Northern B.C. car dealerships have electric cars available: report

Researchers found buyers frustrated at the lack of options

VIDEO: Millionaire Lottery returns to give back and win big

Since 1996, Millionaire Lottery has raised $52 million for the VGH+UBC Hospital Foundation

Test case challenges a politician’s right to block people from Twitter account

3 people say Watson infringed their constitutional right to freedom of expression by blocking them

Most Read