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November 22, 2004

Direct inquiries to

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Processing Office

(See Address Below)

Physicians, Hospitals, Clinics and Laboratories



The Service Retention Initiative (SRI) Program 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.

Physicians whose threshold eligible OHIP billings [i.e. total billings, excluding: services set out in Appendix E of the Schedule of Benefits, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) services, and Underserviced Area Program (UAP) services] exceed the 2004/2005 threshold of $455,000 can apply for an exemption to threshold reductions through the SRI Program.

The SRI is also a program intended to encourage recruitment so that conditions of regional physician undersupply are reduced or eliminated. As 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 reductions.

Annual Application Required

All physicians who applied for admission to the 2003/2004 program will automatically be mailed an application for 2004/2005. All physicians who wish to renew their enrolment in the SRI Program must submit an application, including all required documentation as well as evidence of their efforts to satisfy the recruitment provision of their SRI Program agreement.

This year a special interim process was put in place and temporary exemptions have been provided to physicians on an interim basis. If you have received a temporary exemption for this year, you must also complete the full application for the exemption to continue.