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Physician: Health Care Resources

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2. Physician Compensation Programs

Visit the Physician Compensation Programs page to learn more about compensation programs in Saskatchewan, including the General Practitioner (GP) - Specialist Program, Specialist Emergency Coverage Program, Physician Compensation Quality Improvement Program, Family Physician Comprehensive Care Program (FPCCP), and Chronic Disease Management – Quality Improvement Program.

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3. Notifying Occupational Health and Safety of a Patient’s Notifiable Disease

Saskatchewan physicians must notify Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) when one of their patients is affected with or suffering from a notifiable disease, as per subsection 10(2) of The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996.

The physician must notify the Director of Health Standards with OHS by completing the Physician’s Notification Form of Medical Condition as soon as possible. The form must include the patient’s name and address, the name of the notifiable disease, and most recent place of employment of the affected person where exposure related to the medical condition is believed to have occurred. The completed form can be emailed to OHShygienenotifications@gov.sk.ca or submitted by confidential fax to 306-798-0126. The Director of Health Standards shall not disclose that information except under specific circumstances explained in the regulation. 

The following list of Notifiable Medical Conditions Resulting from Occupational Exposure is taken from Table 6 of The Occupation Health and Safety Regulations, 1996 and should be referenced as notifiable diseases:

  1. Acute, sub-acute or chronic disease of an organ resulting from exposure to lead, arsenic, beryllium, phosphorus, manganese, cadmium or mercury or their compounds or alloys
  2. Neoplasia of the skin or mucous membrane resulting from exposure to tar, pitch, bitumen, mineral or cutting oils or arsenic or their compounds, products or residue
  3. Neoplasia of the renal tract in a worker employed in rubber compounding, in dyestuff manufacture or mixing or in a laboratory
  4. Pneumoconiosis resulting from exposure to silica or silicate, including asbestos, talc, mica or coal
  5. Toxic jaundice resulting from exposure to tetrachloroethane or nitro- or amidoderivatives of benzene or other hepato-toxic or haemato-toxic substances 
  6. Neoplasia or any form of sickness resulting from internal or external exposure to ionizing radiation or electro-magnetic radiation 
  7. Poisoning by the anti-cholinesterase action of an organophosphorous or carbamate compound
  8. Any form of decompression illness
  9. Toxic anaemia resulting from exposure to trinitrotoluene, or any other haematogenic poison, including chronic poisoning by benzene
  10. Mesothelioma of the pleura or peritoneum
  11. Angiosarcoma of the liver
  12. Malignant neoplasm of the nasal cavities resulting from exposure to chromium or its compounds, wood dust or formaldehyde
  13. Malignant neoplasm of the scrotum resulting from exposure to petroleum products
  14. Malignant neoplasm of lymphatic or haematopoietic tissue resulting from exposure to benzene
  15. Cataract resulting from exposure to ionizing radiation, electro-magnetic radiation or nitrophenols
  16. Male infertility resulting from exposure to glycol ethers, lead or pesticides
  17. Spontaneous abortion resulting from exposure to ethylene oxide or antineoplastic drugs
  18. Inflammatory and toxic neuropathy resulting from exposure to organic solvents
  19. Asthma resulting from exposure to isocyanates, red cedar, amines, acid anhydride, epoxy resin systems, reactive dyes, metal fumes or salts, enzymes or bisulphites
  20. Extrinsic allergic alveolitis resulting from exposure to mould or organic dust
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4. Patient Experience Surveys - Resources

Improving primary health care is one of the Saskatchewan health system's priorities. To support this goal, the Saskatchewan Health Quality Council has developed a series of surveys to assess patient experience. These surveys can be used in primary health care clinics, doctors’ offices, public health sites or chronic disease management programs.

Our health care system can learn a lot from patients. One way to find out what’s working well and where we can do better is to simply ask them.

Patient experience surveys help to:

  • prioritize improvement opportunities;  and 
  • identify initiatives that improve patient care. 

The Health Quality Council also developed a helpful toolkit (PDF) to guide health providers as they plan for and begin surveying, and as they use the results to inform ongoing improvement efforts.

For more information, see the Health Quality Council's patient surveying resources.

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5. Saskatchewan International Physician Practice Assessment (SIPPA)

The Saskatchewan International Physician Practice Assessment (SIPPA) is the new process for assessing family medicine International Medical Graduates' (IMGs) readiness to practise in Saskatchewan.  The assessment will ensure that family medicine IMGs have the appropriate mix of academic knowledge, technical skills, and clinical judgement to provide safe patient care.

As of January 1, 2011, all IMGs will be required to take this Saskatchewan-based assessment before practising in the community to which they were recruited.

For more information, visit the SIPPA website.

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6. Incorporating Your Practice

Visit the Incorporating Your Practice page for information about The Business Corporations Act of Saskatchewan for physicians, dentists, chiropractors and optometrists practising in Saskatchewan.

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7. Saskatchewan Medical Association Agreement

Learn more about the agreement between the Saskatchewan Medical Association and the province.
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9. “Number of Visits” Visit Services Policy Clarification

The Ministry of Health does not have a policy limiting doctors to dealing with one medical issue per patient visit.

Read the letter provided to physicians October 2008 for more information.

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10. Confirming a patient’s identity and eligibility for health care benefits

Physicians and nurse practitioners can use the Person Health Registration System and the Provider Coverage Viewer to confirm a patient’s identity and eligibility for health care benefits and programs in Saskatchewan.

You must be an authorized user to access these electronic tools.

To request an application to use the Person Health Registration System and/or the Provider Coverage Viewer, contact the eHealth Saskatchewan Service Desk.
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11. Out of Province and Out of Canada Coverage

Visit the Out of Province and Out of Canada Coverage page to help your patients understand which health services are insured in Canada and in other countries for Saskatchewan residents.

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12. Forms

Find Ministry of Health forms for health care providers.

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