Bulletin

   
Bulletin Number
        4379
Date
        November 30, 2001
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         Ministry of Health
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Distribution

 Physicians, Hospitals, Clinics, Laboratories

Subject     

Service Retention Initiative 2001/2002

The Service Retention Initiative (SRI) exists to encourage physicians to maintain services in regions with a marked undersupply and to encourage specialists who provide highly subspecialized services to remain in the province.

Physicians whose threshold eligible OHIP billings (i.e. total billings excluding services set out in Appendix E of the Schedule of Benefits as well as Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) and Underserviced Area Program (UAP) services) exceed the 2001/2002 threshold of $420,000 for specialists and $340,000 for General/Family Practitioners can apply for an exemption to threshold reductions through the SRI program.

Each year, the Physician Services Committee (PSC), which is made up of representatives from the Ontario Medical Association and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, reviews the SRI program eligibility criteria.  For this year, the PSC has recommended continuing with the same program criteria with a few modifications.  Changes include the addition of fee codes to the service specific categories.

The SRI is also a program intended to encourage recruitment so that conditions of regional physician undersupply are reduced or eliminated.   As a condition of enrolment, physicians must agree to assist in recruiting additional physicians to their areas.  Recruitment will allow the physician to adjust his/her practice by, for example, redistributing patient services to their colleagues to avoid or minimize the effects of future threshold reductions.

Annual Application Required

All physicians who applied for admission to the 2000/2001 SRI program will automatically be mailed an application for 2001/2002. All physicians who wish to renew their enrolment in SRI must submit an application, including all required documentation as well as evidence of their efforts to satisfy the recruitment provision of their SRI agreement.

Deadline for Submission

Applications and all supporting documentation must be received by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care on or before February 28, 2002.

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