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To:  Primary Care Providers and Specialists

Published by:   Primary Health Care Branch

Date Issued:  October 31, 2016

Bulletin Number:  11161

Re:  Reduction Error – VSP/RFMLP/OPOP/CNIB/NSLP/SLRPSI/RNPGA

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The Ministry and the Ontario Medical Association have identified an error in the reduction rates applied to the following programs/agreements:

  • Visiting Specialist Program (VSP)
  • Rural Family Medicine Locum Program (RFMLP)
  • Ontario Psychiatric Outreach Program (OPOP)
  • CNIB – Ontario Medical Mobile Eye Care Unit
  • Northern Specialist Locum Programs (NSLP)
  • Rural and Northern Physician Group Agreement (RNPGA) – Vacancy Locum Program

The reductions were incorrectly applied to travel as well as on-call sessionals (if applicable), and honorarium payments. As a result, the ministry, Northern Health Programs, HFOMRA, OPOP and CNIB will be processing payment adjustments to impacted physicians under their respective programs in the Fall of 2016.

These payments should have been made using the base sessional rate shown below instead of at the reduced rate.

Northern Health Programs Sessional Rate (base) 0.5% reduction effective January 1, 2013 0.5% + 2.65% reductions effective June 1, 2015
Specialist Travel Sessional (VSP, OPOP, CNIB, NSLP) $459.00 $456.70 $444.54
NSLP On-Call Sessional $459.00 $456.70 $444.54
NSLP Honorarium $300.00 $298.50 $290.55
RFMLP and RNPGA Vacancy Locum Program Travel Stipend – for travel of more than 2 hours and less than 4 hours
with a minimum of 150 km travelled or; travel of more than 4 hours and locum duration of 3 days or less
$300.00 $298.50 $290.55
As above for travel of – more than 4 hours and locum duration of 4 days or more $500.00 $497.50 $484.25

If you require additional information please contact:

Northern Health Programs
Phone: 705-564-7232
Toll-free: 1-866-727-9959

HealthForceOntario Marketing and Recruitment Agency
Phone: 416-862-2200 ext. 3
Toll-free: 1-800-596-4046 ext. 3


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