Incentive offered to bring doctors to Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge


Both Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge are included, with one general practitioner needed each. The goal of the incentive program is to fill 20 pre-designated family physician and specialist positions.
"Helping to fill much-needed rural family physician and specialist positions not only benefits local families, but also provides additional support for physicians and other health-care professionals in the community," says Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid. "We often hear about the challenges rural doctors face, but having worked as a family physician in rural B.C., I can tell you that there are many rewards to rural practice from a diverse practice to a unique connection with patients and families."
Participating doctors will receive $50,000 when they begin working, and the remaining $50,000 after they work for a year. If they fail to live and practice in the community for a minimum of nine months a year for the three year commitment, the incentive will have to be repaid.
In order to be eligible, doctors must have moved from outside the province or a non-rural community.