Earlier today, the province and Doctors of BC announced a new payment model for family physicians, as well as a tentative Physician Master Agreement (PMA).
The Longitudinal Family Physician Payment Model promises to provide more equitable remuneration for family physicians and better recognition of the value of longitudinal, relationship-based care.
The proposed model combines elements of fee-for-service and other payment models. It compensates for time spent with patients and patient visits as well as the number and complexity of patients in one’s practice.
Most significantly, the new payment model includes compensation for administrative work and indirect patient care.
Acknowledging that there is still a great deal to be determined – the BCCFP receives the news with optimism and with deep gratitude to all those who have stood up and fought for family medicine over the past many months.
Today’s announcement would not be happening if not for the tireless advocacy of family physicians across the province, and significant support from the public.
While the news is positive, we still have a long road ahead. The new payment model is a foundational piece, however, the primary care system itself must still be transformed. We will continue to advocate on your behalf, to ensure that the unique experience of being a family physician in BC is understood.
We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the new payment model and with the proposed PMA.
Online Town Halls will be held the first two weeks of November for family physicians interested in more details about the payment model.
Register for the Town Hall here:
- Thursday, November 3rd from 7:00am-8:30am Register here
- Tuesday, November 8th from 7:00am-8:30am Register here
- Thursday, November 10th from 6:30pm-8:00pm Register here
Additional information about the payment model can be found here