Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues
The Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues (JSC) was established under the Rural Subsidiary Agreement in 2001. It is comprised of representatives from Doctors of BC, the Ministry of Health, and the health authorities.
The JSC advises the BC government and Doctors of BC on matters pertaining to rural medical practice.
The goal of the JSC is to enhance the availability and stability of physician services in rural and remote areas of BC by addressing some of the unique and difficult circumstances faced by physicians.
Rural Retention Program (RRP)
Retention payments paid to physicians working in eligible RSA communities.
Rural Continuing Medical Education (RCME)
Provides rural physicians with enhanced CME funding.
Recruitment Incentive Fund (RIF)
Funding for physicians recruited to fill vacancies.
Recruitment Contingency Fund (RCF)
Additional funding to assist communities, health authorities, or physician groups where the difficulty in filling a vacancy is, or is expected to be, especially severe.
Isolation Allowance Fund (IAF)
Additional funding to assist RSA communities with recruiting expenses where the difficulty in filling a vacancy is, or is expected to be, especially severe.
Rural Emergency Enhancement Fund (REEF)
Funding for eligible rural emergency departments to support fee-for-service physicians who collaboratively plan for and provide public access to ED services on a regular, scheduled basis.
Supervisors of Provisionally Licensed Physicians (SPLP)
Funding for eligible supervising physicians who spend a significant amount of time assessing the knowledge, competencies, and clinical skills of rural physicians who have provisional licenses.