Rural specialist retention incentive program

Rural specialist retention incentive program

Rural specialists practising in Nova Scotia may be eligible for a rural specialist retention incentive payment. Under the 2019 contract, rural specialist retention incentives will immediately increase from $8,000 to $12,000 per year, and from $12,000 to $16,000 per year, effective April 1, 2021.

To be eligible, you:

  • must qualify as a rural specialist
  • must have Nova Scotia Health Authority privileges for three consecutive years as a rural specialist as of March 31 prior to the payment
  • must have minimum total MSI billings or equivalent payment through a rural specialty contract of $125,000 in the previous fiscal year
  • must participate in a district facility on-call schedule, as and if required
  • must be actively practising in Nova Scotia as of April 1 of the year of payment (have billings during the period from March 1 of the payment year to the time of the retention payment)

For those physicians who become eligible for a retention payment upon three consecutive years of practice as a rural specialist during the program, payment for the first year of eligibility is prorated from the third anniversary.


Jessica Moore
Compensation manager, Master Agreement and Fee Schedule
902-481-4922 (direct)

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