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Request for Decision

Primary Healthcare Provider Recruitment and Retention Program Update



Presented To: City Council
Presented: Tuesday, Aug 22, 2017
Report Date: Monday, Jul 31, 2017
Type: Managers' Reports



Signed By

Report Prepared By
Ryan Humeniuk
Physician Recruitment Coordinator
Digitally Signed Jul 31, 17

Financial Implications
Liisa Lenz
Coordinator of Budgets
Digitally Signed Aug 3, 17

Recommended by the Department
Ian Wood
Director of Economic Development
Digitally Signed Jul 31, 17

Recommended by the C.A.O.
Ed Archer
Chief Administrative Officer
Digitally Signed Aug 3, 17

Resolution

THAT the City of Greater Sudbury approves Option ___ as outlined in the report entitled "Primary Healthcare Provider Recruitment and Retention Program Update", from the Chief Administrative Officer, dated July 31, 2017 .

OPTION #1

That staff be directed to prepare a business case option for one time funding for Primary Healthcare Provider Recruitment Incentives, in the amount of $150,000., for consideration during the 2018 Budget Process.

OPTION #2

That staff be directed to end the financial incentives component of the Primary Healthcare Provider Recruitment and Retention Program.

Relationship to the Strategic Plan / Health Impact Assessment

The Primary Healthcare Provider Recruitment and Retention Program continues to address longstanding shortages of primary healthcare providers within the City of Greater Sudbury and is intended to enhance recruitment efforts locally.  Staff continues to monitor primary healthcare service levels by analyzing demographics of current providers in comparison to the number of citizens looking for providers.

Report Summary

The purpose of this report is to provide an update to Council on the activities and results of the Primary Healthcare Provider Recruitment and Retention Program and to seek direction from Council regarding funding for the financial incentive component of the program to be considered during the 2018 budget process.

Since 2007 a net number of 74 primary care physicians and 3 nurse practitioners have received recruitment incentives. While this success has brought the supply of primary care practitioners up to the level appropriate for our city, staff anticipate 3-4 family physicians will retire each year in the coming decade, resulting in a need for additional recruits.

Options to end the financial incentives component of the program or to continue it with a one-time contribution of $150,000, are provided for Council's consideration.

Financial Implications

If Option 1 is approved, a business case option for a one-time allocation of $150,000 will be developed for Council's consideration as part of the 2018 Budget.

Supporting Documents
1. Primary Care Report Final_2 (pdf)