Dialogue Volume 14 Issue 1 2018 - Page 13

REPORTS FROM COUNCIL Physicians to pay greater share of their discipline hearing costs P An overview of the discussions and decisions made at the February Council meeting. hysicians who have com- mitted an act of profes- sional misconduct or are found to be incompetent will pay for a greater proportion of the costs of their discipline hearings than they currently bear. Following a recommendation from the College’s Finance Com- mittee, Council voted to raise the tariff rate – the daily cost of conducting a hearing - from $5,500 per day to $10,180 per day. In the past year, as part of an overall effort to address rising costs within the College (which are ultimately passed along as increases in membership fees to the College’s members), the Finance Commit- tee recommended that a greater portion of the College’s fixed costs associated with running a disci- pline hearing be recovered from the member who is the subject of the hearing. Accordingly, the Finance Committee asked Council that a higher tariff rate be set, one that reflected a greater total of the esti- mated cost of a day of hearing time. Although the increase may seem significant, $10,180 per day repre- sents a conservative estimate of the College’s actual costs of conducting a day of hearing, and a fraction of the actual investigative and legal costs and expenses incurred in conducting an investigation and preparing for a hearing. Reporting a Change of Scope, Re-entering Practice A policy was approved that articu- lates the College’s expectations of physicians who wish to change their scope of practice or who wish to re-enter practice after an extended absence. The policy – Ensuring Compe- tence: Changing Scope of Practice and/or Re-entering Practice – states that physicians must report an intention to change their scope ISSUE 1, 2018 DIALOGUE 13