Physician payment rate increase for Joint Collaborative Committees

Mar 28, 2024

As of April 1, 2024, there will be a JCC rate increase of 3% for family physicians and specialist physicians who participate in quality and system improvement activities on behalf of the JCCs. In late March we were advised by the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) of the Physician Master Agreement (PMA) cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase for this year, hence the late notice for the increase to rates for April 1st.

The JCC sessional rate will change from $171.05 to $176.18 per hour when participating in JCC meetings, initiatives, projects, and activities. It is noted that 2% was negotiated through the Physician Master Agreement and 1% is for COLA.

This rate was initially made in 2020 as a distinction from the clinical sessional rates. The JCC co-chairs and Physician Services Committee decided that family physicians and specialist physicians would be compensated for their time at the same rate, given all physicians bring equivalent leadership and strategic skills to the work. Read more here.

The JCC rate is mandatory for all quality and system improvement activities (i.e., non-clinical work on behalf of the JCCs). The JCC rate is not applicable for physicians' clinical work or work funded by other organization, such as the Ministry of Health.