POLICY: CLINICS THAT PROVIDE CARE TO PATIENTS WHO ARE
NOT REGULAR PATIENTS OF THE CLINIC
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CPSS) has responsibility
to set standards and policies that result in high quality care for patients regardless
of their point of contact with physicians in the health care system. For reasons of
convenience or ease of access, patients often turn to episodic services such as
walk-in or ''no-appointment" physician visits in clinics. Physicians are expected to
manage these episodic encounters to provide optimal continuity of care.
An excerpt from the Canadian Medical Association and CPSS Code of Ethics provides
the basis for this policy.
Responsibilities to the Patient
19. Having accepted professional responsibility for a patient, continue to
provide services until they are no longer required or wanted; until another
suitable physician has assumed responsibility for the patient; or until the
patient has been given reasonable notice that you intend to terminate the
This policy is intended to apply to episodic care provided in medical practices, such
as, but not limited to:
1. Walk-in clinics.
2. Appointment-based family practice clinics
3. Primary health care clinics
4. Minor emergency clinics
Physicians are expected to provide the same standard of care to patients
irrespective of the practice setting in which such care is provided and
irrespective whether the patient is, or is not, a regular patient of the clinic
where the physician works.
2. Personal Family Physicians
- When being registered at a clinic, patients
First Approved January 1994
Revised March 2012
Scheduled Review 2017