The province's Physician Resource Plan calls for more family doctors and generalists working outside of urban areas. Doctors Nova Scotia's position outlines several recommendations that would help recruit and retain doctors in rural areas. Recommendations include:
- Retention and/or recruitment payments through the Physician Services Master Agreement
- Increasing efforts to educate medical students and residents in rural communities
- Competitively compensating doctors who teach outside of urban centres, and
- Enhancing the province's locum program
Although compensation is an important aspect of recruitment to rural areas, it isn't the only factor. In a 2012 Doctors Nova Scotia membership survey, 92% of physicians who responded identified work/life balance as important to being able to attract and retain physicians.
Position statement: Restricting Billing Numbers