JSC announces new rural incentive program

VICTORIA – The Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues (JSC) is offering a new program that will incent physicians and specialists to practice in select BC rural communities.

Rural Physicians for BC (RPS4BC) will provide physicians with a one-time payment of $100,000 when they commit to a three-year return of service agreement in 17 designated rural communities.

“This initiative will be a boost to many patients living in areas of the province that just don’t have enough physicians to take care of them,” said Dr Shelley Ross, president of the BC Medical Association (BCMA).

Physicians and specialists participating in RPS4BC will receive $50,000 when they begin working in the designated community. The remaining $50,000 payment will be paid after one year of service. The full amount of the incentive must be repaid if the three-year return of service contract is not fulfilled.

Primary and specialist physicians, as well as medical school residents transitioning to full-time rural practice, are eligible to apply for the incentive.

To learn more about RPS4BC, including information about eligibility criteria and designated communities, download the JSC’s news release.

RCCbc seeks to improve rural health education and advocates for rural health in BC. It works on behalf of the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues (JSC), an entity that includes representation from the BC Medical Association (BCMA) and the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the health authorities. The JSC advises the BC Government and the BCMA on matters pertaining to rural medical practice.

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