Operational Limitations and Regulations on Canadian Walk-In Clinics
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The Canadian healthcare system provides episodic, or walk-in clinics in each of it’s Provinces. These are funded by Canadian tax dollars which are allocated by Provincial government. This paper was written to identify and elaborate on how Walk-in Clinics are created, who can own and operate one, how said owners hire their physicians, and how the physicians are compensated. To identify the relevant information, I searched government and organizational websites, academic research and journal articles, and finally corresponded with contacts within each Province’s governing bodies to find relevant policy data and documents. Anything related to the key questions was synthesized into this research. There are no limitations to who can open a clinic or where, except in Prince Edward Island. Physicians can be hired through postings similar to other professions. Finally, Physicians are compensated through a Fee-for-Service method in Walk-in Clinics. Further explanation of these findings is discussed at length throughout this work, and limitations, recommendations, and important data is included.