Nova Scotia facility on-call program (2023)

Nova Scotia facility on-call program (2023)

The Facility On-Call Program compensates physicians when their personal time is disrupted by providing after-hours on-call services. 

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.

Specific program eligibility criteria and guidelines apply.

After-hours coverage

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.


Jessica Moore
Compensation manager, Physician Agreement and Fee Schedule

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