Service Retention Initiative (SRI) exists to encourage physicians
to maintain services in regions with a marked undersupply and to
encourage specialists who provide highly subspecialized services
to remain in the province.
whose threshold eligible
OHIP billings (i.e. total billings excluding services
set out in Appendix E of the Schedule of Benefits as well as
Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) and Underserviced Area
Program (UAP) services) exceed the 2001/2002 threshold of $420,000
for specialists and $340,000 for General/Family Practitioners can
apply for an exemption to threshold reductions through the SRI
year, the Physician Services Committee (PSC), which is made up of
representatives from the Ontario Medical Association and the
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, reviews the SRI program
eligibility criteria. For
this year, the PSC has recommended continuing with the same
program criteria with a few modifications.
Changes include the addition of fee codes to the service
SRI is also a program intended to encourage recruitment so that
conditions of regional physician undersupply are reduced or
a condition of enrolment, physicians must agree to assist in
recruiting additional physicians to their areas.
Recruitment will allow the physician to adjust his/her
practice by, for example, redistributing patient services to their
colleagues to avoid or minimize the effects of future threshold
physicians who applied for admission to the 2000/2001 SRI program
will automatically be mailed an application for 2001/2002. All
physicians who wish to renew their enrolment in SRI must submit an
application, including all required documentation as well as
evidence of their efforts to satisfy the recruitment provision of
their SRI agreement.
and all supporting documentation must be received by the Ministry
of Health and Long-Term Care on or before February