There are currently three separate on-call/coverage programs in Saskatchewan:
(Rural) Emergency Room Coverage Program (ERCP)
Specialist Emergency Room Coverage Program (SECP)
Family Physician Coverage for New/Unassigned Patients
This program remunerates physicians who provide emergency room coverage in rural communities, in accordance with approved regional health authority plans. Payment is made on an hourly basis for weekday nights, weekends, and statutory holidays, and is in addition to regular fee-for-service earnings.
Further details including payment rates and facilities covered can be found in the insured Physician Payment Schedule.
The SECP program remunerates physicians who meet the emergency medical needs of new or unassigned patients requiring specialty care in Saskatchewan. The Program is jointly managed by a tripartite Committee with representation from the SMA, Regional Health Authorities and Saskatchewan Health.
Administrative guidelines and policies for this program can be found on the Saskatchewan Health website.
Beginning in 2007, funding has been made available to ensure availability of family physicians to assist in the provision of medical services for patients in Regional Hospitals. Physician groups provide continuous coverage to a range of services as determined by the RHA and local physician community. These services could include coverage for the following circumstances:
patients without a designated family physician requiring admission to hospital, where no specialist is available to admit the patient
hospital patients without a family physician who are transferred from the care of a specialist to a family physician either in hospital or on discharge
patients requiring transfer between facilities
obstetrical patients, where there is no obstetrician to assume care
neonatal resuscitation, when a paediatrician is not available.
Further details are listed in Section A of the Physician Payment Schedule, which is available on the Saskatchewan Health website.