If you are a salaried physician, who is asymptomatic (not experiencing symptoms) be required to self-isolate, you will be placed on paid administrative leave. If you have the option/ability to do some virtual care from home, please discuss this with your Medical Director.
Should a salaried physician develop any symptoms of COVID-19, such as fatigue, aches, fever, cough and difficulty breathing, you should call 811 for screening to determine whether a test is appropriate.
Once symptomatic, paid administrative leave ends and standard sick leave begins as outlined in the respective collective agreement.
If a salaried physician tests positive for COVID-19, you will be required to continue to self- isolate and follow medical advice. This may extend past the 14 day self-isolation period.
Contract for Services Physicians
If you are a contract for services physician, and you were scheduled to work during your timeframe in isolation, please continue to submit your regularly scheduled hours on your timesheet and submit to Medicare. If you are able to work virtually from home, you are encouraged to do so. include the comment “Physician Self Isolation”.
If you are a sessional physician, and you were scheduled to work during your timeframe in isolation, please continue to bill your sessional rates for the hours/days that you were scheduled to work, and include the comment “Physician Self Isolation” on your billing claim.
If you are a fee-for-service physician, it is anticipated that this will fall under the financial support that we are hoping to develop as outlined in Question #9. More information will be forthcoming on this as solutions are developed.
Physicians who choose to travel outside of Canada following the March 13, 2020, travel restriction recommendations and the 14 day required self-isolation notification are not eligible for paid leave during the 14 day self-isolation period.
It is important to notify your Medical Director as to changes in your status regardless of your payment modality.