N.L. paying telehealth company more than twice what it pays doctors for consultations – CTV

Dec. 8, 2022

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The association representing doctors in Newfoundland and Labrador is looking for answers after it discovered the province agreed to pay a private telemedicine company more than double what it pays family doctors for consultations.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association found a contract between the provincial government and Fonemed among the province’s online roster of completed access to information requests. The five-year contract, which began March 1, is worth over $31 million and pays between $82 and $92 for virtual care appointments with nurse practitioners.

Meanwhile, the province pays family doctors about $37 for a standard in-person visit and $47 for a virtual care visit, with a cap of 40 virtual appointments per day, the medical association said in a letter to its members about the contract.

“Like Fonemed, a family doctor’s clinic also operates as private businesses with their own staff, equipment and overhead,” association president Dr. Kris Luscombe wrote in the letter dated Tuesday, adding: “Family physicians in the province are already feeling overstretched and undervalued, so we will continue to seek an explanation from government of the large discrepancy between physician rates and what is being paid for non-physician virtual care.”

Read more: https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/n-l-paying-telehealth-company-more-than-twice-what-it-pays-doctors-for-consultations-1.6185738

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