The SMA and the Ministry of Health have jointly developed a COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Benefit Program. This program provides self-employed physicians (both family practice and specialists), who have incurred incremental costs to purchase PPE. As previously reported to members in March 2022, the SMA has negotiated an increase. This program now provides self-employed family physicians and specialists a monthly $350 benefit to offset PPE costs. The SMA and Ministry will review this programs's continuation on a quarterly basis.
Effective October 26, 2021, the following two temporary service codes are available to Saskatchewan physicians to address vaccine hesitancy:
Developed in collaboration with Saskatchewan Medical Association, these two service codes are billable by both family physicians and specialists. The service codes are temporary and the end date for the two service codes will be determined by the Ministry of Health in consultation with the SMA.
IMPORTANT: Codes 510A/515A and 350A-358A are only available for specialist physician services provided on or before May 31, 2021.
View Virtual Care training and support materials, including how the SMA EMR Program can help set you up with PEXIP approved video software, here.
COVID-19 has disrupted many industries, including health care. While the pandemic is placing immense demands on health care providers, many physicians and medical learners are also facing financial uncertainty related to loss of income.
The Canadian Medical Association commissioned MNP, a national accounting and tax firm, to provide a detailed analysis of current federal assistance programs and how they can be leveraged by physicians and learners in a range of practice settings. Learn more here.
Scotiabank continues to monitor the COVID-19 crisis and, as it evolves, remains committed to providing physician customers with the support they need. Scotiabank has introduced flexible measures to help alleviate the financial hardship physicians may experience as a result of COVID-19. Physicians qualify for Scotiabank Healthcare+ and can access a competitive rate of prime minus 0.25% on unsecured personal lines of credit (up to $400,000) and on home equity and student lines of credit (up to $350,000 with a two-year grace period after graduation for repayment). Payment deferrals are another option for mortgages, auto loans and credit cards. Learn more here.