Areas of High Physician Need

Effective immediately, the Ministry of Health has temporarily suspended acceptance of all mailed/couriered documents and faxes related to application-based programs. Only applications that are sent by email to a ministry designated account will be accepted. Applications that include electronic signatures (i.e. scanned original, electronic device applications, or digital) will be accepted in lieu of original, signed documents.

Please refer to INFOBulletin 11233 for additional details on impacted programs and designated ministry email account.

Income Stabilization Program

The Income Stabilization (IS) Program supports physicians who have joined the Family Health Network (FHN)/Family Health Organization (FHO) while they develop patient rosters prior to converting to the group-based blended capitation funding model.Eligible physicians who accept the terms and conditions of the IS Program receive a guaranteed compensation rate for up to 12 consecutive months upon commencement of their membership with the FHN/FHO.During the IS Program the physician must meet his/her target for enrolling patients.

The IS program is open to:

  • physicians practicing in an area of high patient need
  • physicians regularly providing between 20 and 40 hours per week of Comprehensive Care services who are in the first year of comprehensive primary care practice (commenced within three years following graduation) or who have a minimum of 12 consecutive months of Ontario fee-for-service (FFS) billing history and is not currently registered in any a FHN/FHO, Family Health Group or the Comprehensive Care Model.

Physicians currently on IS can remain in the program for their one year period, subject to the terms of the IS undertaking.

The IS program remains an ongoing program.The only change to the program is its eligibility. Effective June 1, 2015 IS is available only for new physicians commencing in FHNs/FHOs through the managed entry process as well as for replacement physicians in areas of high physician need.

Physicians interested in applying to the IS program, should contact the ministry at

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