- Pay your dues – Your membership dues fund important association activities, including contract negotiations, EMR support and physician advisors, and the administration of the extended health and dental plan. Membership dues should be paid by Oct. 1 of each year.
- Tax information – Find out how to access your T3, T4 and T4A forms.
- Extended health and dental plan – Doctors Nova Scotia is one of only a few provincial/territorial medical associations to offer its members a comprehensive extended health and dental plan that includes vision care, paramedical coverage and travel insurance, as well as a health care spending account with a $300 annual allowance. Get to know your health and dental program.
- Professional Support Program – This free, confidential support program is available to help medical students, residents, practising and retired physicians (and their family members) who are experiencing personal or professional problems. Feeling overwhelmed? Struggling with substance abuse? Reach out – help is just a phone call away.
- Physician Navigator Program – The Physician Navigator Program exists to provide support and guidance for physicians undergoing an investigation by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia.
- Investments and insurance – Doctors Nova Scotia works with affinity program partners including MD Financial, TD Insurance and OMA insurance to offer members exclusive investment advice and insurance discounts.
- Member Benefits Guide – The comprehensive Member Benefits Guide summarizes all of the benefits and services available to Doctors Nova Scotia members.
Transitioning to retirement
- Business of Medicine: A Guide to Closing Your Medical Practice – Choosing to close your medical practice is a big decision, and it comes with a to-do list that can be just as daunting. Whether you’re retiring, relocating or changing careers, there are lots of details to take care of to ensure your patients and their personal health information are taken care of appropriately. Download and use this guide to help make the transition as smooth as possible.
- Health records and privacy – Nova Scotia’s privacy legislation, the Personal Health Information Act (PHIA) lays out specific rules and regulations for how you should handle your patients’ medical records after your retirement. Find out what you need to do, or contact Nichole Elizabeth, DNS legal counsel and privacy officer, for help.
- E-health advisors – Electronic medical records (EMRs) make it faster and easier for physicians to deliver patient care, but there are specific considerations to keep in mind when you’re considering retirement. Contact one of Doctors Nova Scotia’s e-health advisors for information about storing your records.
- Physician advisors – Doctors Nova Scotia’s Physician Advisors visit physicians in the communities where they practice. If you’ve got a question about retiring – from how to find a replacement to how to close your practice entirely – your Physician Advisor can help.
- Doctors in the news – Find out about the association’s newsworthy initiatives.
- Board of Directors updates – The Board meets six times a year. Get the latest update.
- Upcoming events – Committee meetings, professional development opportunities, and networking events.
- Section of Senior and Retired Doctors – The SSRD is one of Doctors Nova Scotia’s most active sections, meeting regularly for social activities, professional development and to advocate for improvements to the health-care system. Get in touch.
Click here for an overview of the Doctors Nova Scotia benefits and services available for practising physicians/medical students/residents/senior and retired members.