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Bulletin Number
        4323
Date
        November 30, 1998
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Subject      SPECIALIST RETENTION INITIATIVE (SRI)

A. WHAT IS THE PURPOSE?

The Specialist Retention Initiative (SRI) is designed to encourage specialists to maintain services in areas of marked undersupply, and to discourage specialists who provide rare subspecialty services from leaving the province, because of thresholds.

For the benefit of both physicians and patients in the communities they serve, it is desirable that specialty services should be shared among a larger number of specialists to minimize burnout, maintain quality of care and ensure patient access to specialists.

The Specialist Retention Initiative is a short-term transition program intended to assist while specialists are recruited so that underserviced conditions are eliminated or reduced. As a condition of enrolment, physicians must agree to assist in recruiting specialists to their areas. Recruitment will allow the physician to adjust his/her practice pattern, for example by reallocating patients to their specialist colleagues to avoid or minimize the effects of threshold reductions in the future.

B. ELIGIBILITY FOR SRI

  1. Eligibility is restricted to certified specialists whose eligible billings exceed the 1998-99 threshold for specialists.
  2. The most recent province-wide data which are available will be used to determine eligibility.
  3. Applicants seeking renewal of their admission to SRI will have to provide documentation of their efforts to recruit specialists to all the regions.
  4. The municipality and county must be less than 75% of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons standard for individual specialists to be considered for that area.
  5. Physicians currently receiving Underserviced Area Program incentive grants are exempt from thresholds and do not need to apply.

C. GP Exemption

Eligibility may also apply to General Practitioners in small rural underserviced areas or in approved special circumstances such as obstetrical services.

Office locations
Barrie
30 Poyntz St.
L4M 3P2
Hamilton
119 King St. W
P.O. Box 2280, Stn. A
L8N 4C8
Kenora
220-808 Robertson St.
P9N 1X9
Kingston
1055 Princess St.
P.O. Box 9000
K7L 5A9
Kitchener
Canada Life Square
Main Floor
235 King St. E.,
N2G 4N5
 
London
217 York St., 5th FloorP.O. Box 5700
Terminal A
N6A 1B7
 
Mississauga
201 City Centre Dr.
P.O. Box 7020, Stn. A
L5A 3M1
North Bay
101-447 McKeown St.
P1B 9S9
Oshawa
Exec. Tower,
Oshawa Centre.
419 King St. W.
P.O. Box 635 L1H 8L4
Ottawa
Fuller Building
75 Albert Street
K1P 5Y9
Owen Sound
981 2nd Avenue E.
N4K 2H5
Peterborough
550 Lansdowne St. W.
K9J 8J8
St. Catharines
59 Church St
3rd Floor
L2R 3C3
 
Sarnia
452 Christina St. N.
N7T 5W4
Sault Ste. Marie
Roberta Bondar Place
70 Foster Dr., Ste. 100
P6A 6V4
Sudbury
199 Larch St.,
Suite 801
P3E 5R1
 
Thunder Bay
435 James St. S. ,
Suite 113
P7E 6T1
Timmins
38 Pine St. N., Ste. 110
P4N 6K6
Toronto
2195 Yonge St.
P.O Box 1700 Stn. A
M5W 1G9
Windsor
1427 Ouellette Ave.
N8X 1K1
Head Office
P.O. Box 38
Kingston, ON
K7L 5J2