B.C. family doctors can bill for phone consultations as part of new $132 million plan
A $22-million initiative has been launched in an effort to give patients across the province the opportunity to consult with their family doctors by phone instead of visiting in person.
The funding is part of a new $132.4-million program aimed at improving primary care that the B.C. Ministry of Health and the B.C. Medical Association announced today (February 22).
The telephone-consultation initiative will provide physicians with $15 for each call and allow them to bill for up to 500 sessions each year. Other elements of the program are $40 million to improve primary care in local communities and $31.9 million to support the care family physicians provide to patients already in hospital.
The General Practice Service Committee, a partnership of the B.C. Ministry of Health and the B.C. Medical Association, is funding the program.