Walk-in doctors want equal pay
(CP) — Doctors at over 300 walk-in clinics in B.C. want fair payment for their work compared with those in full family practice, says the head of an association that’s rallying its members to increase access and profits through innovative technology.
Mike McLoughlin, founding director of the Walk-In Clinics of BC Association, said the facilities fill a gap for patients who can’t get a family physician or sameday appointments and should be considered an important part of reforming primary care.
The association gathered for its annual general meeting Friday, where members were expected to discuss issues such as negotiations between the government and Doctors of BC, the association that represents the province’s physicians, whose agreement will expire in March.
McLoughlin said walk-in doctors often see patients with complex conditions but can’t charge the extra fees that are paid to full family physicians.
McLoughlin said access to care is eroded by a quota for walk-in doctors who are paid to see up to 50 patients a day, followed by half the fee payment – or about $30 for a basic visit – until they reach 65 patients and then they get no fee at all.