At its October meeting, FPSC approved expanding in-patient care bridge funding to 13 additional hospitals, bringing the total number receiving funds to 53 hospitals. The expanded eligibility recognizes the commitment of family doctors who provide a significant portion of in-patient care.
FPSC previously announced the extension of funding for the currently supported hospitals for one year (to March 2024) to stabilize current levels of service until the new family physician payment model incorporates in-patient care.
This expanded funding supports community-based family doctors who work with their colleagues to provide care for their patients in hospitals that also have a hospitalist program in place. FPSC recognizes that family doctors providing a significant proportion of care in these hospitals are also struggling to maintain this important service.
The additional funding is focused on networks and communities where the collapse of programs could be particularly destabilizing. The funding period will run from November 1, 2022 to March 31, 2024.
The additional funding of $4.1 million – over and above $27 million in annual FPSC support for in-patient care – comes from FPSC’s projected unspent budget for 2022/23 and the annual budget for 2023/24.
FPSC EXTENDS IN-PATIENT BRIDGE FUNDING TO MARCH 2024 (October 05, 2022)