President’s Bulletin, June 2018

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What is extra billing? The government of BC has decided to enforce legislation that bans extra billing. What does that edict mean? The federal and provincial government mandates that as medical practitioners, we cannot charge patients more for a medically necessary service than would be paid by MSP. Billing MSP at the current rate and… Read more »

President’s Bulletin, April 2018

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Who will be leading the Doctors of BC next year? There is an election being held NOW for this year’s President-Elect of the Doctors of BC. You should have received a link to a ballot to vote on Friday, April 13 from Everyone Counts Canada. You can vote until May 14, 2018. There are two… Read more »

Specialist Bulletin, October 2017

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What will the new Representative Assembly talk about? The Doctors of BC new governance structure has come into effect. On September 15, 2017, the Doctors of BC board of directors met, reduced from more than 40 members to 9. The 103-member Representative Assembly (RA) – made up of 35 specialty section representatives, 34 GP representatives,… Read more »

Presidents Bulletin, July 2017

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Representation in the new Representative Assembly As you know, the Doctors of BC will have a new governance structure September 14, 2017. This new structure will consist of a smaller board and a large Representative Assembly (RA). The old board was truly representational, with all members able to vote in their districts . The new… Read more »

Specialist Bulletin, May 2017

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SSC Fee Codes – fixed budgets and constructive fee codes The Specialist Services Committee (SSC) is allocated a fixed budget, some of which was used to create telephone fees for specialists (10001, 10002, 10003, 10004). The intent was to compensate specialists for giving telephone advice to a GP or other health professional, which could prevent… Read more »

Specialist Bulletin, February 2017

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New Overhead Study – “On your mark, get ready, go!”   The new Overhead Study is about to start. Doctors from all sections will be randomly selected to achieve about 1:6 doctors being surveyed. The survey results will be anonymous, but vitally important. We are hoping that accurate income/income sources and expenses data can be… Read more »

Specialist Bulletin – December 2016

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Governance referendum There have been multiple Doctors of BC governance referenda in the last 15 to 20 years. Some feel the current 40-odd member Board is too large, and that a smaller board could be more nimble and effective. At the same time, the current Board may not be truly representative of all doctors. Thus,… Read more »

Specialist Bulletin September 2016

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ANDI, MANDI, CANDI – what does it all mean? In order to fairly compare incomes of doctors in different specialties, several formulas have been developed around Average Net Daily Income (ANDI), Modified Average Net Daily Income (MANDI) and so on. In the last arbitration, when Dr Toope applied the MANDI formula, some fairly big inequities… Read more »

President’s Bulletin June 2016

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Patient Access and Measurement – a DIY approach The Specialists of BC has often been focused on fee code issues and disparities. This year I would like to shift the lens to the patient. As specialists, we are acutely aware of our lack of capacity, which makes it harder for patients to access us. Our… Read more »

President’s Bulletin, April 2016

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Doctors of BC proposal could separate governance from representation The Doctors of BC is discussing the notion of a smaller, leaner board. The current board has about 40 members and meets about ten times a year for a full day. There are ten specialist delegates on the board now. The DBC Governance Committee is proposing… Read more »