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June 1, 2002

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Changes to the Schedule of Benefits and Related Changes Effective April 1, 2002

  1. Increase to Schedule of Benefits (1%)
  2. Increase to Threshold Levels
  3. Other Schedule Changes
  4. Amendment List

For your convenience, a complete updated version of the Schedule is available on the ministry's website at www.gov.on.ca/health/.

  1. Increase to Schedule of Benefits

The Physician Services Agreement between the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) provides a 2% increase to the Schedule of Benefits effective April 1, 2002. In accordance with this agreement, the Schedule of Benefits will be revised to provide a 1% increase to all professional fees, effective April 1, 2002 and the remaining 1% will be used to fund new and revised services.

  1. Increase to Threshold Levels

The threshold levels at which reductions are calculated will increase by $10,000. For general and family practitioners, the starting level will increase from $340,000 to $350,000, and for specialists the increase is from $420,000 to $430,000. The threshold reductions take effect when these higher OHIP earnings amounts are reached. After-hours, non-elective hospital services continue to be exempt from threshold reductions. The threshold levels are increased as follows:

Reduction Rate 33.3% 66.7% 75.0%
Payment amounts for services effective April 1, 2001
General Practitioners $340,000 $365,000 $390,000
Specialists $420,000 $445,000 $470,000
Payment amounts for services effective on or after April 1, 2002
General Practitioners $350,000 $375,000 $400,000
Specialist $430,000 $455,000 $480,000