Doctors reach deal on pay

B.C.’s 10,000 doctors and specialists will get a 5.5 per cent increase in their fees

B.C.’s 10,000 doctors and specialists will get a 5.5 per cent increase in their fees and incentives over five years under a new agreement with the provincial government.

The new physician master agreement is also expected to give doctors more say in helping design health care system reforms within health authorities.

The increases in compensation and incentives for B.C.’s mostly fee-for-service doctors are expected to cost the province an extra $216 million over five years.

Another $143 million is earmarked for recruiting new doctors, retaining existing ones in challenging areas, ensuring better access to family physicians and primary health care.