The Facility On-Call Program applies only to physicians working and providing eligible on-call services in regional and tertiary hospitals. It is intended for after-hours emergency calls/services. It is not intended for routine consultations, routine care of inpatients, or to compensate physicians for providing group on-call for their shared patients.
Although the Facility On-call Program is for 24 hours, the funding is intended to recognize after-hours coverage and to provide remuneration/compensation for the physician when personal time is disrupted by providing on-call services. After-hours coverage is defined as:
- weekday evenings/nights (5 p.m. to 8 a.m.)
- weekends (24 hours)
- holidays (24 hours)
The program provides the highest remuneration to physicians who provide eligible on-call services that provide 24/7/365 (100%) coverage and are called into the facility most frequently after-hours. Physicians who provide less than 100% on-call coverage and/or are called into the hospital less frequently are compensated at a lower level.