B.C. launching new payment model for family doctors in 2023 – CBC

Doctors say new model is a ‘seismic shift,’ with physicians able to leave fee-for-service system in February

Oct 31, 2022

The government of British Columbia plans to launch a new payment model in February to try to recruit and retain more family doctors in the province, where one in five residents does not have one.

Provincial health officials announced the changes during a Monday news event, saying physicians will be able to stop participating in the current fee-for-service system in early 2023. Under that system, doctors are paid about $30 per patient visit, whether they’re treating a common cold or a complex chronic health problem.

The new payment model will take into account factors that include how much time a doctor spends with a patient, the complexity of their needs, the number of patients a doctor sees daily, their administrative costs and the total number of patients a doctor supports through their office.

“We are making family practice the priority it should be,” said Health Minister Adrian Dix.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-doctor-supports-announcement-1.6635200

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