Pandemic Compensation

Pandemic Fee Codes

Working with the Ministry of Health, the SMA has secured a temporary payment for virtual care provided during the pandemic via telephone and approved video-conferencing technology. This initiative enables greater access for patients and provides for a safer workplace for staff and physicians.

Billing FAQs

View Virtual Care training and support materials, including how the SMA EMR Program can help set you up with PEXIP approved video software, here. (LINK to Virtual Care page under EMR tab)

Pandemic Physician Services Agreement

The Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA) is pleased to report that temporary Pandemic Physician Services Agreements (PPSA) have been established as an option for fee-for-service physicians during the COVID-19 response. The Ministry of Health, the SMA, and the Saskatchewan Health Authority have concluded discussions to determine rates for the agreements during the COVID-19 pandemic to allow for stability and flexibility of physician services, and facilitate redeployment of physicians (who sign contracts) as needed. Below are some documents to provide you with more information:

Pandemic Physician Services Agreement FAQ:

14-day COVID-19 Illness and Mandatory Self-Isolation Benefit

In recognition of the risks physicians take when caring for patients who present with COVID-19 symptoms, the SMA and the Ministry of Health have approved the use of funds to support a COVID-19 Illness and Mandatory Self-Isolation Benefit Program.  Please see the links below for more information on the benefit and the application form. 

Financial guidance for physicians during COVID-19

CMA and MD Financial resources

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.

Financial relief measures for physicians and the latest market information
(Scotiabank and MD Financial Management)

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.