Block Fees and Uninsured Services – Preliminary Consultation (Consultation Closed)

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    The deadline to provide feedback is November 20th, 2015

    Our Process

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    The College’s Block Fees and Uninsured Services policy is currently being reviewed. This policy sets out expectations for physicians who charge for uninsured services and/or offer a block fee.

    View the current policy

    To assist with this review, we are inviting feedback from all stakeholders, including members of the medical profession, the public, health system organizations and other health professionals on the current policy. Comments received during this preliminary consultation will assist the College in updating the policy. When a revised draft is developed, it will be recirculated for further comment before it is finalized by Council.

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    We want to hear your thoughts on the current policy…

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    Background

    The College’s Block Fees and Uninsured Services policy sets out expectations for physicians who charge for uninsured services and/or offer a block fee.

    The policy notes that while physicians are permitted to charge patients for uninsured services, physicians must ensure that the fees charged are reasonable. This is true whether patients are charged individually for each service at the time it is provided or through a ‘block fee’ (i.e. a flat fee charged for a predetermined set of uninsured services). Additionally, while block fees may be a more convenient and/or economical for physicians and/or patients, the policy requires physicians to give patients the option of paying for each service individually at the time it is provided and requires that decisions regarding payment for uninsured services not pose a barrier to accessing health care services.

    Have Your Say

    We would like to hear your thoughts on the current policy, along with suggestions you may have for how the policy could be improved.

    In particular, we are interested to know:

        • Does the policy provide useful guidance?
        • Are there issues not addressed in the current policy that should be addressed? If so, what are they?
        • Are there other ways in which the policy should be improved?

    Please provide your feedback by November 20th, 2015

    Next Steps

    The College is committed to ensuring that the Block Fees and Uninsured Services policy reflects current practice issues, embodies the values and duties of medical professionalism, and is consistent with the College’s mandate to protect the public. The feedback obtained during this consultation will be carefully reviewed and used to evaluate the draft. While it may not be possible to ensure that every comment or suggested edit will be incorporated into the revised policy, all comments will be carefully considered.

    Once a revised draft policy has been developed, stakeholders will be invited to review the revised document and provide further feedback before it is considered for final approval by Council.

    Final decisions regarding policy revisions are made by College Council.

    To ensure transparency, the College will post all consultation feedback in accordance with our posting guidelines.

    We value your feedback and thank you again for participating in our policy review process.

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    College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
    80 College Street
    Toronto, Ontario
    M5G2E2

    Attention: Policy Department