Physicians visiting patients in hospital who are not eligible to claim for either hospital care or concomitant care may nevertheless be eligible to claim “supportive care”.
Rule of Application 13 in the Physician’s Manual states:
Supportive care is the situation where the responsibility for the medical and surgical care of the patient in hospital has temporarily been transferred from the family or referring doctor to a consultant, but it remains necessary and/or desirable for the family doctor or referring doctor to visit the patient for purposes of reassurance, liaison with the family, etc.
The fee for each visit by the referring doctor will be the same as for hospital visits and will be limited to three (3) visits per week.
Claims for supportive care will be paid only when a Special Report is submitted to justify the necessity of this service.
Updated: December 2016