The Saskatchewan government will offer a bump in pay to encourage family doctors to work later hours.
On Friday, the provincial government announced an agreement with the Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA) to pay fee-for-service family doctors an extra $8 to $12 per visit if they’re seeing a patient after-hours.
The province hopes the move might take some of the pressure off Saskatchewan’s emergency rooms.
“Ensuring patients have access to family physicians and primary care services remains a top priority for our government,” health minister Paul Merriman said in a news release.
The head of the SMA said while it’s “not a comprehensive solution” the change will “help with access while reducing the pressure on emergency departments.”
“We continue to work with the Ministry of Health on other, sustainable changes – including a new compensation model for fee-for-service …