Both Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge are included, with one general practitioner needed each. The goal of the incentive program is to fill 20 pre-designated family physician and specialist positions.
"Helping to fill much-needed rural family physician and specialist positions not only benefits local families, but also provides additional support for physicians and other health-care professionals in the community," says Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid. "We often hear about the challenges rural doctors face, but having worked as a family physician in rural B.C., I can tell you that there are many rewards to rural practice from a diverse practice to a unique connection with patients and families."
Participating doctors will receive $50,000 when they begin working, and the remaining $50,000 after they work for a year. If they fail to live and practice in the community for a minimum of nine months a year for the three year commitment, the incentive will have to be repaid.
In order to be eligible, doctors must have moved from outside the province or a non-rural community.