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Physician Incentive Program Increased To $200,000

The Government of Saskatchewan has announced an improved Rural Physician Incentive Program (RPIP) that will come into effect on April 1, 2023.

The new program aims to attract and retain more family physicians to rural and northern communities in Saskatchewan. The updated program offers a total incentive of up to $200,000 over five years, which is more than four times the previous amount.

Premier Scott Moe announced the enhanced incentive at the 2023 SARM Annual Convention and Trade Show, stating that Saskatchewan is leading the way with ambitious solutions to address health human resource challenges that the province, Canada, and the world are facing. He acknowledged the difficulty in attracting doctors to rural and remote areas and believes that the increased incentive will help to meet the challenge.

The Rural and Remote Health Minister, Everett Hindley, said that the improved incentive of up to $200,000 over five years will encourage more family physicians to rural and northern communities across Saskatchewan. He emphasized the importance of family physicians in these areas, as they also provide essential support to emergency departments, acute care beds, and other crucial services offered by local healthcare facilities. The new program extends eligibility beyond recent graduates and includes physicians practicing in rural and northern communities who have undergone assessment through the Saskatchewan International Physician Practice Assessment Program (SIPPA). The length of the program has also increased from four years to five years to incentivize retention.

The Rural Physician Incentive Program was first launched in 2013-14 to encourage recent graduates to take up practice in rural and northern communities across the province.

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