Practitioner Staff Affairs Frequently Asked Questions

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I am an internationally trained family physician interested in practicing in Saskatchewan. What steps should I take to obtain a license to practice in Canada? 

To help you get started, click here for the saskdocs website.  This website will provide you information regarding what it is like to live and work in Saskatchewan, eligibility requirements and more.  For more information regarding International Medical Graduates (IMGs) and the assessment processes, click here.

I am an internationally trained specialist interested in practicing in Saskatchewan. What steps should I take to obtain a license to practice in Canada? 

The first step would be to determine your eligibility for the specialty exams in your given discipline from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Your second step would be to contact the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CPSS) to determine your eligibility for a provisional or regular licensure.  If deemed eligible for the above, contact Kimberly Merk at 306-766-0743 or kimberly.merk@rqhealth.ca to discuss available opportunities.

I am a Canadian medical resident completing my residency program and am interested in working in the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region.

If you are a family medicine resident, please contact Sarah Burtch at 306-766-0745 or sarah.burtch@rqhealth.ca to discuss available opportunities.

If you are a resident completing a specialty program, please contact Kimberly Merk at 306-766-0743 or kimberly.merk@rqhealth.ca to discuss available opportunities.

What are the average earnings of a physician in Saskatchewan?

Please view Table 25 on page 46 of the Ministry of Health Medical Services Branch Annual Statistical Report below.

What is the difference between fee-for-service and contract remuneration models?

Fee-for-Service (FFS) is a payment model whereby the physician provides the patient with a service and bills the Government of Saskatchewan, Medical Service Branch (MSB) for each service provided to the patient. Each service has a different fee code, making some services more lucrative than others. Essentially, the more services a physician provides, the more the physician earns.

The Physician Payment Schedule may be viewed  here.

With a contract, the physician is remunerated an annual dollar amount for a specified annual number of days of service to the health region. This amount is negotiated between the physician and the health region.

What does “office overhead” mean?

Often physicians are expected to pay office overhead. This can be a fixed monthly figure or a split. A split means the clinic takes a percentage of the physician’s gross monthly income to help pay for the clinic’s utilities, supplies, administrative staff, etc. For example, a 70/30 split means the physician pays the clinic 30% of his/her gross monthly income. Often there is a cap on the 30%, meaning once the physician earns beyond a given dollar amount, the clinic does not collect on any additional gross monthly income earned.

I am interested in opening my own practice.  Where do I start?

The Canadian Medical Association's (CMA), The Business Side of Medicine may be viewed  here.  This guide will help you understand how to manage a successful practice weeks—even months—before you need to begin. Learn about various types of practice set-up, the costs of getting started, how to evaluate a practice, the art of negotiation and much more.

Also see the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan's (CPSS) Establishing Practice: A Guide for Physicians and Surgeons  here.

Am I eligible for benefits?

As an independent practitioner, you will not receive benefits from the health region. However, the Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA) provides members with various physician benefits and benefit funds, each with its own criteria. Learn more  here.

I am a physician living outside of Canada. Do I require a work permit?

If you are not a Canadian citizen and do not hold landed status in Canada, you require a  work permit.

Contact your recruiter to learn more about your options.

I would like to become incorporated. Where do I start?

We suggest that you work with a lawyer or a financial management company such as  MD Financial Management to become incorporated.

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