President’s Bulletin, April 2021

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The Specialists of BC (SBC) was created thirty years ago to be a forum for all Specialists to meet and shareideas, successes and problems. The SBC continues to this day serving that function and advocating forSpecialists and their patients. Although there are many flavours and varieties of specialist physicians and surgeons, we all focus on… Read more »

President’s Bulletin, December 2020

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Pandemic year in review An eventful year is drawing to a close, though clearly not without problems carrying on to the New Year. The Specialists of BC (SBC) has been very active in 2020. We transitioned to virtual SBC Council meetings because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and our attendance numbers have increased considerably. Avoiding the need… Read more »

President’s Bulletin, October 2020

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Your priorities in the pandemic Like so many things since the beginning of the pandemic, this president’s bulletin is going to be a little different. I’ll be directly asking for feedback on several issues, topics and questions. We can’t help specialists if we don’t know what is happening to you! Please feel free to answer… Read more »

President’s Bulletin, December 2019

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The rise of virtual care The topic of virtual care, also referred to as telemedicine, has emerged in fits and starts over the past decade. Virtual care promises increased convenience for the patient and potentially the practitioner. It can allow improved access to services for patients in remote and rural areas and with mobility issues…. Read more »

President’s Bulletin, May 2019

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The Work of Specialists of BC Continues… Thank you for the opportunity to serve as President of Specialists of BC. I am a pediatric rheumatologist practicing primarily in North Vancouver in a community-based clinic. I have a special interest in pediatric sport and exercise medicine. Over the past four years, I have served as a… Read more »

President’s Bulletin, March 2019

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Physician Master Agreement drafted As you know, Paul Straszak, the Doctors of BC chief negotiator, has drafted a tentative Physician Master Agreement with the government. He has presented this agreement in detail to the Specialists of BC Executive, and at a recent section heads forum.  It does seem this is the best contract that any… Read more »

President’s Bulletin, February 2019

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Specialist’s Symposium a Success The first ever Specialists’ Symposium was held on January 18 and 19, 2019, presented jointly by Specialists of BC and the Specialist Services Committee (SSC).  There were around 200 participants from most sections, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Doctors of BC. We had small-group discussions on patient access to specialist… Read more »

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 »