To form a division, family physicians must have a practice or
participate in a network that provides comprehensive care. Physicians
must have an interest in working as partners with their Health
Authority, the GPSC and the Ministry of Health to make changes at both
the practice level and the health system level.
Membership in a division is open to all family physicians in a community. In order to be viable, each division should have the participation of the majority of family physicians in their community.
The six stages of development are:
Divisions are incorporated as non-profit societies to give them the legal status necessary to sign contracts and/or hold funds to carry out the programs in their communities. They do not duplicate roles and responsibilities of a health authority.
In response to physician input, the GPSC has introduced incentive fee changes to support the goal of expanding and enhancing team-based care. >
The GPSC made two operational changes to improve linkages with local and regional collaborative tables, and provide more flexibility to support turning provincial policy and strategy into action. >