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POLICY: CLINICS THAT PROVIDE CARE TO PATIENTS WHO ARE

NOT REGULAR PATIENTS OF THE CLINIC

PREAMBLE

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

relationship.

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

POLICY

1.

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