In collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the ADM provided temporary payment for virtual care during the pandemic by telephone and licensed video conferencing technology. This initiative provides better patient access and ensures a safer workplace for staff and physicians. Three common types of medical agreements that may require consultation and/or modification after or during the COVID 19 pandemic are employment contracts, grant agreements and professional services agreements (EPIs). PyA has gathered important (non-exhaustive) considerations for the management of any type of arrangement in the wake of the COVID 19 pandemic. The contract is available to physicians currently paid by FFS who expect a continuous reduction in the volume of services they provide during the COVID pandemic. The contract is generic with respect to expected benefits, but requires physicians to continue to provide the same type of services they have provided in the past as part of their FFS agreement, or if they are new in practice, usually provided by an FFS physician. Physicians are required to continue to provide hospital care to patients as needed, this contract cannot be used solely for virtual care. Recognizing the risks to physicians in treating patients with symptoms of COVID 19, the ADM and the Ministry of Health authorized the use of funds to support a COVID-19 program on disease and mandatory self-isolation. For more information on the benefit and the application form, see the links below. Today, Health Minister Jim Reiter and Saskatchewan Medical Association (ADM) President Dr. Barb Konstantynowicz were pleased to announce that Saskatchewan physicians have ratified a new five-year contract.
More than 90% of the doctors who voted voted in favour of the agreement. “We are very pleased to have a new contract with our valued physicians to support patient care and continue to make Saskatchewan a preferred practice site,” said Reiter. “This positive step is being maintained at one of the most competitive compensation and benefit formulas for physicians in Canada to recruit and retain physicians in our province. It will help ensure that Saskatchewan residents have access to essential medical services, not only during the current pandemic, but also in the future. “Like my colleagues on the ADM Board of Directors, I am pleased that The Saskatchewan doctors have ratified this agreement,” said Dr. Konstantynowicz. “This will continue to benefit the province`s medical practice and health care system in the years to come. I would like to thank the ADM negotiating committee and the Department of Health who, on behalf of the Saskatchewan physicians, have worked countless hours to reach this agreement. The agreement that has just been put in place allows physicians to work with some certainty in these uncertain times caused by the COVID 19 pandemic. Among the strengths of the new contract, COVID-19 has shaken up many sectors, including health care.
While the pandemic imposes enormous demands on health care providers, many physicians and health learners also face financial insecurity related to lost income. The contract is not available to the following groups of physicians who have the option of other AP contracts on this side: Scotiabank continues to monitor the covid-19 crisis and, more broadly, is committed to providing the physician`s clients with the support they need.